Working Wonders - January

Jan 19, 2017, 17:34 PM by KirstiAnn Clifford

wtga_scofeliaNeil Scofelia, a senior financial analyst with the budget and decision support team, received President David Callender’s Way to Go Award for his hard work and commitment to ensuring the accuracy and integrity of the data UTMB submits to Vizient. Vizient, formerly known as the University Hospital Consortium, scores the accuracy and integrity of the data being submitted each quarter to ensure the overall comparisons remain credible. Scofelia and UTMB ranked No. 1 out of 142 institutions submitting data. “It is an extremely difficult feat that speaks to the care and attention Neil has given to his work,” said Dustin Thomas, vice president of Decision Support. “We’re looking forward to leveraging Neil’s capabilities as we continue to expand the data available to the entire UTMB community via UTMB Discover.”

wtga_EDstaff copyDonnie Walker, Emergency Department tech; Chad Connally, biocontainment and emergency management program manager; and Stephanie de Jongh, Emergency Department nurse, received President David Callender’s Way to Go Awards in December for the compassion and caring they showed for a homeless man who received care in the Emergency Department. In addition to helping the patient get cleaned up and taken care of medically, Walker and de Jongh looked to get the man some new, clean clothing. When Connally learned of the situation, he went to a local store and bought three bags of clothing. De Jongh said, “Donnie and I took the bags of clothes to the patient, and his eyes were wide in surprise. He appeared so relieved to have some warm clothes to wear. It’s really the little things that make you stop and think.” Thank you, Walker, Connally and de Jongh for making someone’s day and for always providing Best Care.
wtga_alaridPresident David Callender presented a Way to Go Award to his long-time executive assistant, Jandee Alarid, who retired in December after nearly 28 years at UTMB. For her entire career, she worked in the President’s Office at UTMB, climbing up through the ranks while working for three presidents: Dr.Thomas James, Dr. John Stobo and Dr. Callender. Speaking about Alarid, Callender said, “She was on the committee that hired me, she met me at the door on my first day and she’s been by my side ever since. Having her as my assistant has been my great fortune. Every success I’ve had at UTMB has been with her help and support.”
OTPTstudentsMore than 25 UTMB School of Health Professions occupational therapy and physical therapy students took shifts painting the St. Vincent’s therapy clinic, which was formerly a daycare area. The painting project was spearheaded by the OT and PT student directors for St. Vincent’s and SHP faculty member Rod Welsh, PhD. Other faculty who volunteered to help included Karen Aranha, PhD, and Rebecca Galloway, PhD. The painting project was made possible by a generous monetary gift for the paint and supplies by the Student Occupational Therapy Association.

TeddyBearClinicA special teddy bear clinic organized by UTMB Emergency Department staff gave a dozen local children a fun and educational glimpse into emergency medicine on Nov. 21. The teddy bears were flown in by helicopter and the children were dressed in “surgical wear” to care for their teddies at various stations, including First Aid and Radiology. The event originated as alive auction item at the American Heart Association’s Black Tie and Boots Gala, which was co-chaired by UTMB’s Christine Wade and Annette Macias Hoag.

Basic Science IIBasic Science II faculty and staff donated gifts and money to provide holiday stockings for all 90 elderly men and women living at Gulf Health Care Center in Galveston. Basic Science II includes the Institute for Human Infections & Immunity, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Office of Regulated Nonclinical Studies, Microbiology and Immunology, and the Sealy Center for Vaccine Development. Several staff members also took time to deliver the stockings to residents on Dec. 14.

Awards Dinner_SpencerForeman2016_DOJUTMB was honored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as a finalist for the 2016 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service at the Awards Dinner at Learn Serve Lead 2016: 127th AAMC Annual Meeting in Seattle in November. This national award recognizes enduring major institutional commitment to addressing community needs, recognizing programs that reach communities whose needs are not being met through the traditional health delivery system. The nomination process included a written application, which highlighted more than two dozen UTMB community service programs including Frontera de Salud, Luke Society Medical Mission to the Homeless, St. Vincent’s House, the Osler Student Societies, various Office of Educational Outreach programs, Early Medical School Acceptance Program, the School of Nursing’s Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative, UTMB’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Teen Health Center clinics, Center to Eliminate Health Disparities, Hispanic Center of Excellence and Texas Area Health Education Center East. The Galveston National Laboratory scientists’ infectious disease efforts were also featured. UTMB Provost Dr. Danny Jacobs accepted the finalist award on behalf of UTMB, giving a special thanks to all who helped UTMB earn this honor.