After a successful run that spanned five decades, the final Impact was published in January 2020.  Impact was UTMB Health’s employee newsletter. It evolved from a one color printed tabloid newspaper to a full color magazine with a digital component. We’ve archived the past several years on these pages for your review and enjoyment.

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From the President

Mar 31, 2019, 22:00 PM by Dr. David L. Callender

Callender, David15Welcome to the March 2019 issue of Impact. 

With the arrival of spring comes a time of tremendous activity for UTMB—opening a new hospital, moving some of our clinics to improve access and continuing expansion and renovation work in League City and Galveston. Please stay tuned in this and future issues of Impact to learn more about these projects, which are so important for the long-term success of our mission.

I hope you had a chance to access the 2019 Mondays in March presentations, either in person or online. If you haven’t—or if you want to refresh what you heard—I encourage you to view the video of each session. We did something a little different this year in hosting a series of panel discussions among UTMB experts on our growth, the changing health care landscape, our academic foundation and a look ahead with senior executives. The videos are available at Also, we want to know what you think about this year’s format and how we can make Mondays in March even better next year. Please send your feedback via the web form at

In the meantime, this issue features:

  • A Day in the Life of Diane Ugartechea, an occupational therapist who serves inpatients and outpatients at our League City Campus;
  • Best Care in Action in our Correctional Managed Care program;
  • UTMB scientists who’ve gained new insights into what triggers pre-term birth;
  • How the “What’s Wrong with Warren” interactive case study promotes interprofessional education;
  • Latin dance as a hidden talent; 
  • CMC trivia question; and
  • Numerous other accomplishments and kudos.

Please keep making the effort to stay informed about UTMB’s plan and progress, and keep up the great work you’ve been doing to improve health. As always, send your story ideas to the Impact team for consideration. Thank you!

Dr. David L. Callender
UTMB President