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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Working Wonders -August-September 2019

Sep 27, 2019, 05:29 AM by Impact team

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UTMB’s School of Nursing faculty and multimedia lab staff were recently honored by then-UTMB President David Callender for successful implementation of the iLead (Innovative Learning Environment Accelerating Discovery) program. This innovative program, which kicked off with the new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) cohort over the summer, equips students with iPads to make the classroom a place for active learning. 

image of stephen williams Dr. Stephen B. Williams, chief of the Division of Urology and associate professor, was recently named the medical director for high value care. In this role, Williams will work closely with Dr. Gulshan Sharma, chief medical and clinical innovation officer, to support initiatives that foster the consistent delivery of high-value care, including the stewardship of antibiotics, labs, imaging, blood products and opioids. He also will focus on reducing provider-level variation while ensuring quality of care and safety throughout the Health System. 



image of dr. tzeng Congratulations to Dr. Huey-Ming Tzeng, professor in the School of Nursing PhD program, for being named a recipient of the University of Texas System Rising STARs Award. The STARs program supports the recruitment of outstanding faculty members. Tzeng joined UTMB on May 1 and has a distinguished record in teaching and scholarship. Her research focuses on patient safety and quality of care for adults—specifically fall prevention and patient engagement towards self-care as well as their association with patient-centered outcomes.

image of dr. mary o'keefe Dr. Mary O’Keefe, a tenured professor in the School of Nursing who has been a nurse for more than 40 years, was recently awarded with the Academy of Master Teachers’ 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. O’Keefe has taught students at all levels in nursing. She has also taught medical students as part of an interdisciplinary court visitor program and internationally in a biomedical mediation course with Shantou University in China. She has been described as an enthusiastic educator who is innovative, collaborative and supportive of students and colleagues, throughout a career devoted to education.