UTMB President Dr. David Callender recently presented the President’s Way To Go Award to Amie Arnold, surgical technologist on the League City Campus, and Susie Chavarria, manager in the Department of Sterile Processing on the Galveston Campus. Arnold came to Galveston and worked closely with Chavarria to develop an internal certification program to train nine new technicians for the department. Arnold taught the two-week classroom portion for these new employees and then moved to the Sterile Processing Department for a four-week practicum. Chavarria worked closely with the existing staff to ensure the new hires had strong preceptors and thorough education and Arnold continued to work with the group during the practicum. After the six-week orientation, the nine technicians were added as full-time staff members in the department.
Dr. Gulshan Sharma, chief medical and clinical innovation officer, was recently named one of “100 Hospital and Health System CMOs To Know,” according to Becker’s Healthcare. The list features physician leaders dedicated to strengthening their organizations through leadership development, patient safety initiatives, health information technology and quality improvement. Many have served as department heads and continue to practice medicine, while others focus on process improvement and patient advocacy.
As proven leaders in their field, the physicians highlighted on this list have extensive experience building clinical and administrative teams, as well as building a positive culture for their organization.
Becker’s editorial team accepted nominations for this list and selected CMOs and other equivalent titles through an editorial review process.
Dr. M. Kristen Peek, professor, vice chair for education and graduate program director for Population Health Sciences in the department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, and Dr. Dawnelle Schatte, professor and director of undergraduate education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, were named recipients of the 2019 UT System Board of Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award. The award recognizes extraordinary classroom performance and innovation in education at the 14 UT System academic and health institutions.
Each year, the Good Samaritan Foundation honors excellence in nursing in six categories, awarding nursing’s “best and brightest.” The award recognizes nurses who are leaders at the bedside and offer extraordinary and compassionate care and service. Nurses are nominated by their peers for their passion, leadership, mentorship and service to our Texas communities. Kudos to UTMB Nurse Michelle Karsten, who cares for patients in the Recovery Room in Jennie Sealy Hospital, for her recognition as a Silver Awardee in the Large Hospital category. Seventeen additional UTMB nurses were recognized with the Bronze Award: Shana Cobos, Kendall Glasgow, Paula McPhee, Melody Reiss, James Bozeman, Marre Dang, Kelli Gonzales, Melissa Gonzalez, Mary Hill, Yolanda Leyva, Katheryn Mazoch-Henson, Sara Niebuhr, Kelly Oliver, Charmaine Shannon, Jacquelyn Svoboda, April Vaughan and Andrea Wirt. Our nurses will be formally honored by the Good Samaritan Foundation at a luncheon on Sept. 5.
Tilly Clark, assistant director of UTMB’s Special Use Facilities and current chair of UTMB’s Employee Advisory Council, was elected chair of UT System’s EAC, beginning in FY2020. Clark, who has worked at UTMB for more than 28 years, was elected to lead the group during this year’s annual systemwide EAC meeting, which was hosted by UTMB June 4-5 in Galveston. The UT System EAC is a representative advisory group that meets with the Board of Regents to present information and make recommendations regarding issues of importance to the employees of UT System. The mission of the EAC is to provide a forum for communicating ideas and information between employees, the Board of Regents, and the executive officers of UT System.