Welcome to the latest issue of Impact. This has been a busy summer so far, with great progress being made on the Health Education Center on the Galveston Campus, the opening of the parking garage on the League City Campus and preparations for the opening of the MD Anderson Cancer Center outpatient facility in a few weeks.
It has also been a challenging time, as we continue our efforts to close the budget gap for this fiscal year while simultaneously working to fundamentally transform how we work in order to advance our mission for the long-term. The factors that helped create this year’s financial crunch will stay with us well into the future, and we must adjust to the new reality of how we are funded for the care and training we provide, and the research we conduct.
To communicate on a regular basis, we are continuing the Pulse video series, including episodes on the work of our consultants (Berkeley Research Group and Huron) and other topics that have been suggested through the web form on the Office of the President website.
If you aren’t able to view the video itself, or you don’t have sound on your workstation computer, you can access a written transcript of each segment on the Pulse video web page. We’ve also added Closed Captioning as a default setting, so you can follow the content even if you can’t play the audio. Look for the Pulse videos at www.utmb.edu/president/pulse or on the I Am UTMB Facebook page. The content of each segment is summarized in Weekly Relay Notes as well.
In the meantime, please enjoy this issue of Impact. Among the many stories highlighting our people and their great work:
- A day in the life of Dr. Latricia Stewart, a surgical resident who’s getting great experience in a community hospital setting on our Angleton Danbury Campus
- Best Care in Action at our Laboratory for Surgical Training, Assessment and Research
- News of a UTMB research study showing that removing the entire bladder increases survival rates in cancer patients
- Information on a new Tech Talk series, a collaboration of Information Services and Marketing and Communications
- Numerous accomplishments and kudos in the Working Wonders column and throughout the newsletter
- Also be sure to check out this month’s Hidden Talent and trivia question. And let the Impact team know if you have ideas for future stories.
Dr. David L. Callender