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December 2014The latest issue...

Healthy Holidays from the UTMB Health System

On behalf of the UTMB Health System, thank you for the work you do. May health and happiness greet you all throughout the holidays, and best wishes for a bright New Year!

Holiday photos inside!!!

December 2014 | Contents

  • Healthy Holidays from the UTMB Health System
  • UTMB Angleton Danbury: Advancing our Academic Mission
  • Meet Sheri & Remus: Animal Assisted Therapy Team at UTMB
  • Winter Blood Drive
  • Patient Blood Management at UTMB: Reducing Transfusions
  • Season’s Greetings from the UTMB Diversity Council
  • Meet the New Health System & CMC Employee Advisory Representatives
  • Shout Outs!

Previous Issues

2015 (September 2014 - August 2015)

December 2014

  • Healthy Holidays from the UTMB Health System
  • UTMB Angleton Danbury: Advancing our Academic Mission
  • Meet Sheri & Remus: Animal Assisted Therapy Team at UTMB
  • Winter Blood Drive
  • Patient Blood Management at UTMB: Reducing Transfusions
  • Season’s Greetings from the UTMB Diversity Council
  • Meet the New Health System & CMC Employee Advisory Representatives
  • Shout Outs!

November 2014

  • UTMB’s Comprehensive Stroke Care Services: Expertise in Neurovascular and Neurointerventional Care
  • Jennie Sealy Hospital Construction Update
  • Holiday Safety Tips
  • UTMB Health Angleton Danbury Campus Hosts Volunteer Reception
  • Thanksgiving Holiday Message
  • New! Winter Specials for Inpatient Menus
  • UTMB Diversity Council’s Health System Subcommittee Holds First Annual Retreat
  • Shout Outs!

October 2014

  • UTMB’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center: Raising Awareness and Making Strides to Expand Care
  • Leadership Makes Rounding a Priority
  • Blocker Burn Unit Receives Re-verification
  • Texas Ten Step Program Designation
  • Physical Therapy Program Approval
  • David Marshall Appointed to AHA Committee on Clinical Leadership
  • Annette De Los Santos Receives October 2014 Daisy Award
  • UTMB Recognized at UT System Systems Conference
  • The UTMB Diversity Council: Advancing a Culture of Inclusion
  • Barcode Medication Administration Project by Randy Jones
  • UTMB Celebrates Health Quality Week
  • Shout Outs!

September 2014

  • At the Forefront of Neurocritical Care: UTMB’s Neurosciences Critical Care Unit
  • Patient Care at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Carole S. Young Medical Facility
  • Resolutions for a New (Fiscal) Year
  • New Patient Lifts Help Keep Patients and Staff Safe
  • Spotlight On: UTMB Echocardiography Lab
  • Joint Commission Readiness
  • UTMB Opens New Pediatric and Adult Primary Care Clinic in Alvin
  • UTMB Receives Recognition as Level 3 Epilepsy Center
  • UTMB Shines at the Good Samaritan Foundation’s Excellence in Nursing Awards
  • Special Grand Rounds Presentation with Roy Rosin, Chief Innovation Officer, Penn Medicine on October 10 in Levin Hall Main Auditorium
  • Clinical Value Analysis Contest
  • Shout Outs!

2014 (September 2013 - August 2014)

August 2014

  • UTMB's Dedicated Cardiac Care Unit: They're All Heart
  • UTMB Health Celebrates Angleton Danbury Campus
  • Working Together to Reduce Preventable Readmissions
  • Peggy Mann receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Welcome Cheryl Sadro and Selwyn Rogers
  • New Employee Access 2-Care Program
  • UTMB Health Community Adult Clinic Opens Doors
  • Souby George recognized at ANCC National Magnet Conference
  • Mammographer Karen Seaman Authors Book
  • Shout Outs!

July 2014

  • Excellent Service Starts With Us
  • Hydration Stations Approved for All Units
  • Joint Commission Readiness
  • Inside UTMB: Donna Sollenberger Appointed to National Board
  • Budget Improvement Project Update
  • Welcome Aboard Jeremy Brynes and Michael Rape
  • Operations Council Patient & Family Advisor Update with Bonnie Farmer
  • Physical Therapy and You: A Patient’s Perspective
  • Shout Outs!

June 2014

  • UTMB’s Nursing RN to BSN Program Offers Educational Advancement
  • Submit Your Clinical Value Analysis Ideas and Win!
  • Relax! 10 Ways to Reduce Stress
  • Annual Enrollment: It Will Be Here Before You Know It
  • Employee Advisory Council Hosts Annual Meeting with Executive Leadership
  • UTMB Nurses Share Their Work
  • “Always Award” Recognizes Units and Departments for Excellent Outcomes
  • You Count! Pulse Survey Update
  • A Visit with CMC Wellness Champions
  • RN Open House
  • New ADMC/UTMB Webpage
  • Shout Outs!

May 2014

  • A Very Special Care Environment: UTMB’s ACE Unit
  • Update: Unit-based Clinical Leadership
  • UTMB Celebrates Nurses Week and Health System Week
  • Spotlight on Nicole Wooden: Bringing Innovative Ideas to Life in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab
  • Crazy Socks in the UHC Infusion Clinic
  • UTMB Implements Barcode Administration
  • Sollenberger Presents at Yale-Peking Senior Executive Forum on Health Care Reform
  • Lean Update
  • Health System Clinical Enterprise Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Shout Outs!

April 2014

  • A Visit with Offender Care Services Teams at TDCJ Beauford H. Jester Units III & IV
  • What Does the ICD-10 Delay Mean to UTMB?
  • UTMB Chosen to Participate in Breastfeeding Learning Collaborative
  • Hand Hygiene: Increase Compliance, Prevent Infection
  • Epic 2012 Upgrade Complete
  • Keep Our Hospital Safe and Beautiful!
  • UTMB Honored with Resuscitation Quality Achievement Award
  • UTMB Physical Therapist Chad Davenport Recognized as 2014 Five Star Physical Therapist in Texas Monthly Magazine
  • Olympic Gold Medalist Casey FitzRandolph to Visit UTMB for Health System Week
  • UTMB Receives Good Install Award from Epic

March 2014

  • Enhanced Clinical Documentation & ICD-10 Improve Patient Care
  • Engaging Patients with MyChart
  • UTMB and Angleton Danbury Explore Long-term Partnership
  • Improving Patient Safety: Reporting Events with UTMB's Patient Safety Network
  • Critical Care Nursing Quarterly to Publish UTMB Nurses' Manuscript
  • Dr. Scott Larson Receives 2014 Community Outreach Award
  • Mobile Mammography Sunday Program
  • Spotlight On: UTMB Laundry and Linen Services
  • Silent Angel Award Nominations

February 2014

  • UTMB Level 1 Trauma Center Recertified
  • ED Tech Council Presents at Texas Hospital Association Conference
  • UTMB Receives the 2013 Bill Aston Award for Quality
  • UTMB Sleep Disorders Center Receives AASM Accreditation
  • Dr. George Saade Joins National Advisory Child Health & Human Development Council
  • Welcome Aboard Debora Mordecai
  • Director of Patient Care & Assistant Chief Nursing Officer for Women’s, Infants’ and Children’s Services
  • Clinical Safety & Effectiveness Session 5 Begins
  • Nursing Service Receives International Audio Visual Digital Awards
  • Mondays in March Begin March 3
  • Learn More About ICD-10: Mission Possible at intranet.utmb.edu/icd10
  • UTMB’s SICU 1 of 4 Gold-level Beacon Award Recipients in Texas

January 2014

  • Unit-Based Clinical Leadership
  • Spotlight on: Jessica Anderson Exercise Physiologist
  • UTMB Medical Interpreter Competes in 4th GPA World Powerlifting Championship
  • ICD-10 Mission Possible
  • EAC Corner; New Year Resolutions
  • Construction Update: Traffic, Jennie Sealy, Cafe On the Court

December 2013

  • UTMB Family Medicine Awarded Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition
  • SICU Beacon Award
  • Achieving Outstanding Infection Control Outcomes: An Ongoing Pursuit
  • UTMB First in Texas to Receive AHA Award
  • Project CARE Kickoff
  • utmbConnect Receives A+ from Epic
  • Holiday Events: Annual Campus Tree Lighting, Victory Lakes Tree Lighting, Annual Campus Health System Holiday Celebration

November 2013

  • A Day with Correctional Managed Care, Huntsville
  • New Program Saves Valuable Time in the ER for Stroke Patients
  • MyChart Proxy Access gets New Name: MyChart Family Access
  • New Digital Billboard at Victory Lakes
  • ACGME Approves UTMB Vascular Surgery Residency Program
  • Oliver Center Opens Division of Shared Decision Making
  • Operations Council Welcomes Patient & Family Advisor, Bonnie Farmer
  • NASA Annual Safety and Health Day
  • Give to SECC, Win a Pizza Party

October 2013

  • OR Optimization Project Improves Scheduling and Turnover
  • UTMB places 3rd at UT System Annual CS&E Conference
  • Welcome Aboard Amy Lussier
  • UTMB Physicians Recognized as Top Docs
  • Right Place, Right Time: La Tonya Cunningham
  • CathPCI Registry Is Now Active
  • Getting to know Cherry “Cherry Pie” Young, Customer Service Account Specialist
  • UTMB & TDCJ Employees participate in Alzheimer’s Awareness Walk
  • Texas City OT/PT Clinics Moving
  • Improving the Patient Experience: Island West Pilots Flow Stations

September 2013

  • All About the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • UTMB Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Accreditation
  • DSRIP Project Update: Burn and Trauma Care Project
  • Connecting Care: Here, There and Everywhere Elsewhere
  • Sports Injury Clinic, EAC Corner, Construction Update
  • 2013 Excellence in Nursing Awards
  • HIPAA/HITECH Right to Request
  • Clinical Value Analysis: So You Want to Change a Product...
  • UTMB Doctors Working Together to Work Wonders in the Community

2013 (September 2012 - August 2013)

August 2013

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction!, Press Ganey “Reboot”: Patient Satisfaction Survey Changes, World Sepsis Day: September 13, Commit to Sit Campaign Coming Soon,
Introducing Epic Care Everywhere, DSRIP Update: Implementing ED Health Information Exchange Care Transitions, Moving the Needle: A Message from the Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, CMC Holds Annual Summer Conference, The Power is in Your Hands: Hand Hygiene Update, Spotlight on…Hien Nguyen, Shout Outs!

July 2013

How the Affordable Care Act Could Impact UTMB, Welcome Aboard Ann O’Connell and Mai Hoang, Blood Management: New Transfusion Guidelines, Environmental Services Leaps into Future, Spotlight on Hospital Galveston, CMC Town Hall Meetings Held, UTMB Receives Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery, Plans for Designated Employee Break Areas in New Jennie Sealy Hospital, Shout Outs

June 2013

UTMB Health and the Medicaid Transformation Waiver, Hurricane Evacuation Exercise a Success, Vendormate: What you need to know, The Bloody Truth: Transfusions are Risky Business, Employee Advisory Council Corner, Clinical Value Analysis: Annual Savings Progress, LifeWings Hardwire Safety Tools Workshop, Getting to know David Marshall, Shout Outs

May 2013

UTMB to launch "Give to Live" Summer Blood Drive; Nurses Week 2012: My "Walk A Mile in Their Shoes" Experience; Getting to Know Tommy Fields; Nurse Leadership Award Recipients; Victory Lakes Community Fair; Jennie Sealy Mock-Up Patient Simulation; Spotlight on Donald Dillon, Stephanie deJongh and Hien Nguyen; Medicare Outpatient Observation; Shout Outs!; You've Been Spotted! Nurses and Health System Week

April 2013

Patient Engagement Issue: Creating a Culture of Patient Engagement, Lecture, May 16: The Voice of the Patient, How Do You Improve the Patient Experience, Lean: Value Stream Analysis in Family Medicine Island West PCMH, New Blood Management Program at UTMB, Clinical Value Analysis: Submit Requests Online, PeopleSoft Upgrade, UTMB to Celebrate Nursing Week and Health System Week, Winnie Richards Recognized by umf Corporation, Liver Life Walk Houston 2013, Spotlight on Janie Pietramale, Shout Outs!

March 2013

Major Traffic Redirections, Victory Lakes Expansion Groundbreaking, Lean - Value Stream Analyses (Orthopaedics and Emergency Deparments), Royal Carribbean Center of Excellence, Spotlight on Valerie Brumfield, Shout Outs!

February 2013

New Health System Website, Centralized Check-in Desks Enhance the Patient Experience, March is National Professional Social Work Month, New Electronic Surgical Request Form, Envisioning the Future: Mondays in March 2013, Contest: How Well Do You Know utmbconnect?, New Guidelines for Use of Personal Electronic Devices in Patient Areas, New Blood Management Program at UTMB, EAC Holds “Engage and Chat” at Clear Lake Access Center, Clinical Value Analysis Meeting Schedule, Shout Outs!

January 2013

Lean at UTMB: A World-Class Management System, UTMB Nurses Serve at 57th Presidential Inauguration, Clinical Value Analysis Teams, So Cool...UTMB at the South Pole, Adding a Special Touch to the Patient Experience, Primary Care Pavilion Construction Update, UTMB to Add New Safeguards for Patient Privacy, Employees Trained in Crew Resource Management Instruction, Victory Lakes Expansion to Begin, Shout Outs!

December 2012

Special Holiday Issue! Designing Patient Rooms for the Hospital of Tomorrow, UTMB Stuffs Stockings for Soldiers, PCP Officially Celebrates Grand Reopening, Dr. Owen Murray Presents "Life in the Big House", Joint Commission Recap, Clinical Value Analysis Oversight Committee, utmbConnect Fully Connected, Spotlight on Regina Ramirez, Shout Outs!, Construction Alert, Holiday Festivities

November 2012

Pastoral Care: The Spiritual Side of Health Care, CBC Friendswood at 8th Annual Halloween in the Park, Recap: 2nd Annual Health System Budget Celebration, A Visit to the John Sealy Hospital ORs, Introducing Clinical Value Analysis at UTMB Health, Ambulatory Fall Festival for Joint Commission Readiness, Tanger Outlet Opening Benefits UTMB's Breast Cancer Treatment and Prevention Programs, Shout Outs!

October 2012

Leadership Rounds in Day Surgery and Medicine/Nephrology; Preventing Patient Falls: It's Everyone's Responsibility; Men in Heels: Support the Heart Walk!; UTMB Recognized by HHS for Organ Transplantation and Donation; Recap: Olympics of Patient Quality & Safety; Spotlight On Drs. Sonstein and Sharma; Spotlight On Maureen Brami (Outstanding Leaders); Stairwell to a Healthier You!; Shout Outs!

September 2012

Notice: As of Sept. 1, 2012, Friday Focus is now a monthly publication, and will run under the title"Health System Friday Focus"

Rock the Note: We Want Your Feedback! Workflow Mapping for the New Hospital; UTMB Nurses Recognized by Good Samaritan Foundation; New Jennie Sealy Hospital Mock-Up Rooms: Now Touring; Drug Take Back Day is September 29;
Community Health Program Chronic Care Professional Certified; Relax! 10 Steps to Reduce Stress; New UTMB Construction Web Site; Shout Outs!

2012 (September 2013 - August 2014)

(September 2011 - August 2012)

August 2012 (No issue of Health System Friday Focus for the month of August)

July 2012
Share Your Care, Not Your Germs! Workflow Mapping for UTMB’s Future; Community Health Program Article; Benefits Annual Enrollment Period: July 15 - July 31, 2012; New UTMB Cancer Center Opens July 19; UTMB Nurses Recognized by Good Samaritan Foundation; Six UTMB faculty members receive Outstanding Teaching Awards from UT System Board of Regents

June 2012
UTMB Kicks Off In-house Clinical Safety and Effectiveness (CS&E) Program; UTMB Offers "Sunday Screenings"; Primary Care Pavilion (PCP) Now Open! AAACN endorses UTMB Telehealth Toolkit; Welcome ANCC Magnet Designation Appraisers!

May 2012
Hospital & Nurses Week: Spark Excellence! Primary Care Pavilion to Re-open; John Sealy Hospital Concourse Project to Begin; PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Reaccredited; UTMB Nurses' Article in Nurse Leader Journal

April 2012
Protect Our Patients (P.O.P.) Hand Hygiene Initiative Kick-Off; Infection Prevention: Focus for 2012; UTMB Breast Health & Imaging Center Earns Accreditation ; 2012 National Nurses Week & National Hospital Week: May 6-12; UTMB Connect: Spotlight on Dolly McCarley

March 2012
Building a Culture of Trust: Safety & Service; UTMB Health Values Patient Confidentiality; Health System Leadership Rounds; Silent Angel Award Nominations; Joint Commission Certifies VAD Program

February 2012
Austin Women's Hospital Closes Its Doors, Health System Scorecard, New Sterile Processing Department, Dr. Gina Rizzo Voted "Best Physician", UTMB’s 32nd Annual School Health Conference

January 2012
Engaging Patients and Improving Care through Meaningful Use, Congratulations Drs. Angelica S. Robinson, Patricia Beach and Karen Brykczynski

December 2011
Patient Satisfaction: You Can Make Difference! Health System Scorecard, Holiday & Lighting Ceremonies, Holiday Sing-along at the Ace Unit, Congratulations Texas Super Docs

November 2011
UTMB Health celebrates Community Health Workers Day, Volunteer Services receives donation, Sigma Infusion Pumps are live, Bay Colony Dermatology Talk of the Town Award

October 2011
UTMB Submits ANCC Magnet Application, UTMB Values Patient Confidentiality, Model Community Health Program at UTMB Health

September 2011
Hand Hygiene Initiative, EVS & Morrison Food Services, UTMB nurses recognized by Good Samaritan Foundation, Capital equipment purchases, Access Center record calls

 

2011 (July and August 2011 only)

August 2011
Value Based Purchasing, Online Visitors Guide, Visit to Environmental Services

July 2011
You Change Lives! Focused Improvement Efforts Positively Affect Patient Satisfaction Scores, PROJECT 30: Thirty Days to a New Beginning, Satis5ied? We Hope So!

The following issues were 4th Friday Focus newsletter issues; no longer in publication:

August 2012
New (Fiscal) Year's Resolution: Pursue Health Care Excellence; Focus on Quality, Safety and Cleanliness; Burn Unit Rededication; Session 2 CS&E Graduation - Sept. 6; Stark Diabetes Center Awarded Continued Recognition; New Provost and Dean of the School of Medicine; Remembering a Special Volunteer; Construction Notice: Concourse Renovations Underway; Shout Outs!

July 2012
New UTMB Cancer Center Open, Fully Connected: utmbConnect Newsletter, Welcome: New Administrative Fellow, Patient Experience Website, Health System Leadership Round - Photos, Shout Outs!

June 2012
Magnet Site Visit Recap; New Language Proficiency Standards; Meaningful Use Update; July Employee Health Programs; SICU Move Complete!

May 2012
Culture of Trust; Volunteer Appreciation; Magnet Designation Journey; Care of Our Campus and Facilities

April 2012
UTMB Breaks Ground on New Hospital; Greatest Rewards Come From the Heart (Volunteer Story); Spotlight on SANE Nurses; New Children's Hospital Opens; UTMB Community Health Fair

March 2012
Mondays in March Available Online; UTMB Connect: Fully Connected; 2012 President's Cabinet Award Applications Now Available; UTMB's First Year of Meaningful Use

February 2012
Continuing UTMB Health's Transformation: Building a Culture of Trust; UTMB Family Campaign 2012: Make Your Pledge Today! Magnet Status Update; Construction Update: High Impact Project Coming Soon; Comprehensive Maternity Center Now Open; UTMB Connect: Fully Connected

January 2012
Care management redesign and appointment of medical directors; Rounds Abound!; Mark Kirschbaum appointed to THA committee; Congratulations, Dr. Richardson and Dr. Saade! Three UTMB departments near top in survey of NIH grants; UTMB Connect: Fully Connected

December 2011
Best Optical Care; Visit to Pathology-Immunology, Blood Bank and Microbiology; Moody Medical Library Receives Award, HS Leadership Holiday Celebration, UTMB Police Department Achieves National Recognition, My Kidney Transplant at UTMB

November 2011
Staying Safe during the Holidays! HCAHPS Category: Quietness of the Hospital Environment, Visit to NICU and L&D, UTMBHealth.com receives recognition

October 2011
HCAHPS and Why They Matter! Several Clinics Offer Extended Hours, UTMB Celebrates Building Demolition, UTMB Works Wonders at the South Pole

September 2011
Health System Holds the First Annual Connaughtie Awards, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at League City Town Center, Flu Shots, UTMB Saved My Life - Twice!

August 2011
Construction of New Jennie Sealy Hospital Approved! Introducing UTMB Connect, Congratulations to UTMB's CRCRs, Press Ganey Improvements Plans

July 2011
Leadership Hosts Appreciation Luncheon for Town Center Employees, UTMB Health Lean Training

June 2011
Why Patient Satisfaction Matters, MyChart Rollout is Complete! Meaningful Use E-prescribe Update

May 2011
Meaningful Use Update, Community Health Fair at the Specialty Care Center, Donna Sollenberger Walks A Mile In Your Shoes at TDCJ ICI, 2011 Hospital and Nurses' Week