Sollenberger appointed to national board
America’s Essential Hospitals, a national organization of public hospitals and health systems, has named UTMB’s Donna Sollenberger to its board of directors.

Sollenberger, UTMB’s Health System executive vice president and CEO, will join the leadership of an association that brings together health providers from across the country, including Boston Medical Center, the University of Washington Medical Center and the UCLA Health System, to advance best practices for vulnerable populations and underserved communities through advocacy, policy development, research and education.

Sollenberger, who joined UTMB in 2009, has overseen an unprecedented expansion of UTMB health services and achievements, including the opening of many new clinics throughout the region and the building of new hospitals in Galveston and Victory Lakes.

During her tenure UTMB has received numerous awards for increasing positive patient outcomes, including acknowledgments from the American Heart Association, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and the Texas Hospital Association.

Osler scholars
Drs. Susan Dixon McCammon and Patricia A. Rogers have been named William Osler Scholars. The John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine recognizes individuals who exemplify Sir William Osler’s ideals of humane, compassionate, scientifically sound, patient-centered care and teaching.

Also recognized were Dr. Leonard E. Swischuk, the John P. McGovern Lifetime Achievement Award in Oslerian Medicine; Drs. Loretta Lee Grumbles, Hanan Hussein, Michael H. Malloy and Robert Glenn Smith were recognized with Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards.

Students honored were Mary Elizabeth Murphy, Angie Hamouie, Taylor Baumann and Candace Bailey who received John P. McGovern Student Awards in Oslerian Medicine; Jacqueline Stout, the John D. and Mary Ann Stobo Award; William Green, the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine Student Award; and Jillian Patton, Mary R. Goodrich and Michelle H. Parmley received awards for essays in the practice of Oslerian medicine.

Saturday clinic hours
The UTMB Family Medicine Island West Clinic, located at 6410 Stewart Road in Galveston, now is open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays to help patients with immediate-care needs such as colds, infections, insect bites, sprains and minor injuries. Call 409-772-2222.

Healing through Humanism
The summer film and discussion series continues with “Sharing the illness experience,” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at the Galveston Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, Suite B101. The series is free but preregistration is required. Call 409-763-5604 or email Julia Sherrod at

Reconstruction of a Survivor
The UTMB Breast Cancer Support Group meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 2098 W. Main St. in League City.

The group helps women at any stage of diagnosis and treatment understand that breast cancer affects them both emotionally and spiritually, not just physically. Contact Stella Turrubiate, or visit

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