From the President

May 22, 2017, 07:56 AM by User Not Found

Callender, David15Welcome to the newest issue of Impact! This edition highlights another Best Care in Action showing how UTMB’s Rehabilitation Services team revamped a “boot camp” class for knee- and hip-replacement candidates that has improved the overall patient experience and outcomes.

The class is yet another example of how each of you is contributing to our goal of providing Best Care and rising to the challenge to rank among the Top 20 academic medical centers in the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study by FY18. In fact, our recently released mid-year performance rankings shows that, overall, we have improved from 76th place to 19th place of 102 reporting AMCs. While there is still work to be done, this is a remarkable achievement that is a testament to the dedication and commitment from everyone throughout the organization.

This month’s issue also asks for your input on Impact itself. The print edition of our monthly newsletter has been back on newsstands for nearly two years following its run as an online-only publication following Hurricane Ike. The Impact team is encouraging employees, faculty and students to take an online survey to tell them what you think of the publication. You can learn more about the survey at and inside this issue, along with stories about our people. Among them:

  • A day in the life of Jeanene Trochesset, post-transplant coordinator in UTMB’s kidney and pancreas transplant programs
  • A profile of Dustin Thomas, vice president of Decision Support, who oversees financial forecasting, budgeting and operational analytics
  • How Dr. Shannon Clark, maternal-fetal medicine specialist, navigated her own journey through infertility on the way to motherhood
  • A closer look at a new website to inform employees and the public about the ways we’re advancing health through animal research
  • Defining the future of health care education with the groundbreaking of our new Health Education Center
  • A School of Nursing graduate fulfills lifelong dream of becoming a nurse 
  • Numerous accomplishments and kudos in the Working Wonders column and throughout the newsletter

If you have ideas for future issues of the newsletter, let the Impact team know. Thank you!

Dr. David L. Callender
UTMB President