UTMB Police Officer Harold Beasley was recognized by the 50 Club of Galveston County as one of its Officers of the Year during an awards luncheon at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston on May 4. Beasley is a certified Master Peace Officer and joined UTMB Police in 2006 after retiring from the Galveston Police Department. He has served primarily in patrol, but has worked as a background investigator, an internal affairs investigator and detective. Beasley received the UT System Commendation medal last year for his distinguished actions in May 2016, when he talked a suicidal person off the Galveston Causeway. He then persuaded the man to surrender himself to authorities to be transported to a facility for psychiatric treatment.
Hayley Rogers, a second-year School of Medicine student, received the Texas Medical Association Medical Student Section Student of the Year Award at TMA’s annual conference on May 5 in Houston. Rogers was recognized as an outstanding student member who excels in furthering the section’s goals and policies to improve Texas’ health care system. Among her accomplishments, she has written several diversity-related policies that the American Medical Association has adopted, serves as Region 3 alternate delegate to the AMA, serves on state and national committees, and has presented on LGBTQ+ health care at AMA meetings.
Victor Reyes, PhD, was selected as a 2017 Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation. Reyes is a professor in the departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Pediatrics. In 2016, he was chosen as a member of the University of Texas System Kenneth I. Shine, MD, Academy of Health Science Education. Established in 1958, the prestigious Piper Professor Awards honor 10 effective and dedicated professors each year from two- and four-year colleges and universities across Texas.
Rebecca Davidson, a nurse in Neuro/Neurosurgery ICU, was honored as one of the greater Houston’s Top 10 Nurses of the Year by the Houston Chronicle. Since 2000, the Chronicle has solicited nominations from the public for its Salute to Nurses awards, which coincides with National Nurses Week in May. Davidson received a crystal award and was invited to attend the Salute to Nurses luncheon. Her name, along with nine other UTMB nurses’ names were listed in the 2017 Salute to Nurses section that was published on May 7. Congratulations to other UTMB nurses who made the Top 150 list: Barb Bonificio, Brenda Yanez, Brianna Salinas, Jason Sheaffer, Meg Baerti Brown, Odette Comeau, Pamela Cruz, Patty Crosby and Tracey McHenry. Check the July issue for more Nurses Week honors.
UTMB recently received “Top Performer” status from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) for committing to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-inclusive policies and practices. The university also is being considered as one of the “go to” resources in the HRC’s 2018 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) Resource Guide. UTMB began participating in the HEI survey in 2016. The survey is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates health care facilities’ policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. This year, UTMB scored 90 points, receiving full credit in the following areas: Non-Discrimination and Staff Training, Patient Services and Support, and Patient and Community Engagement. A record 590 healthcare facilities actively participated in the 2017 HEI survey. For additional information, visit www.hrc.org/hei.
Evan Shields, a nurse with CT Surgery/Vascular Surgery, was recognized during a recent Health System Leadership Team meeting for the exceptional and compassionate care he provided to a patient. The patient, who underwent open heart surgery at UTMB, submitted a letter thanking Shields for taking the time to answer all their questions, make them feel safe, and for helping the patient and her son laugh even in times of unease. The patient wrote, “I knew being in his care was exactly where I was supposed to be. I truly feel blessed to have had him as my nurse. It is his calling. It is who he is. Thank you for having him there to help heal the sick.”
Patient Services Specialists Alina Valdez, Internal Medicine, and Olivia Guzman Martinez, Radiology, recently received “Way to Go” Awards from UTMB President David Callender for their dedication and commitment to helping patients. The two women worked together and stayed past their scheduled shifts to ensure a patient who needed X-rays received timely, same-day care. Valdez also followed up with the patient several times to keep them informed about subsequent specialist visits. The patient submitted a letter recognizing the women’s actions, writing about their “care and dedication to both UTMB and me as a patient. I am truly impressed and know the value of dedicated employees.”