Welcome to the latest issue of Impact.
The most recent Town Hall meeting on July 18 provided an opportunity to discuss several subjects, including the latest financial results, construction projects on our campuses and recent accolades awarded to a trio of faculty members.
During the meeting, we also considered what’s driving the significant amount of change at UTMB and academic medical centers across the country and discussed the strategic objectives that UTMB should consider to address the evolving market trends we are facing now and into the future. If you weren’t able to attend the Town Hall meeting, you can watch the full video and a brief recap at https://www.utmb.edu/president/town-hall.
This issue of Impact features “A Night in the Life” of Anthony Azagidi, a sleep technician who works an evening shift in the John Sealy Hospital Sleep Lab on the Galveston Campus. Mr. Azagidi has dedicated his career to improving health for patients who are struggling to get the sleep they need.
Other stories in this issue highlighting our people are:
- Employees recognized for their efforts at providing Best Care in our hospitals and clinics;
- A Best Care in Action spotlight featuring the Emergency Department’s efforts to improve patient throughput and shorten length of stay;
- A lung volume reduction procedure that is helping patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder to breathe easier;
- A profile featuring Dr. David A. Brown, senior vice president and dean of the School of Health Professions;
- Numerous accomplishments and kudos in the Working Wonders column and throughout the newsletter.
As always, send your story ideas, nominees for the Hidden Talents column and trivia answers to the Impact team. And thank you for all you do to serve UTMB.
Dr. David L. Callender