February’s Employee Spotlight

Each month we will have a blog post spotlighting individuals from the ambulatory division. Spotlighting employees will be an opportunity for other individuals from different departments/areas to meet and learn about others.

 For the month of February please meet Dr. Roger Throndson, Dalael Wille, and Peggy Castanie.

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Dr. Roger Throndson

Associate Professor

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  • One thing most people don’t know about me. :  I started out life as a helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army and flew in a Cavalry Unit for a year in Vietnam.
  •  Favorite movie and book:  Movie: “Bullit”, best chase scene without CGI.  Book: “Man’s Search for Meaning”,  by Victor E. Frankl
  • What is one thing you couldn’t do without:  My wife of 46 yrs.
  • Best Vacation:  Went to Hawaii last year with my two grandchildren.  Best time ever!
  • I wish I knew how to:  Weld

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Dalael Wille

Mammography Manager

Victory Lakes Breast Imaging

  • What do you like most about working at UTMB? The people
  • What are your hobbies and interests? Softball, snow skiing, photography & working out (staying in shape)
  • What is one thing you couldn’t live without?  My Faith
  • Best advice I can give…Always laugh

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Peggy Castanie

Program Manager, Diabetes

Friendswood Medical Specialties

  • About me/my family: Husband: Roland, married 45 years, children:  Monique and Roland III (Cass), grandsons: Evan and Logan. Born and raised here! Fourth generation Galveston family.
  • Five words that describe me: happy, enthusiastic, inquisitive, loving, and determined
  • What are your hobbies and interests?  I enjoy antiquing and travel.
  • I wish I knew how to….Make the wisdom of age and the energy of youth come at the same time!!!
  • Best advice I can give… Live in the moment. Don’t always look ahead to when you will have something, do something. Today is a blessing.
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Daisy Award Winners

Congratulations to our 1st and 2nd quarter Fiscal Year 2015 Daisy Award Winners.

Debra Morris-1st Quarter

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Kimberly Rodriguez-2nd Quarter

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January’s Employee Spotlight

Each month we will have a blog post spotlighting individuals from the ambulatory division. Spotlighting employees will be an opportunity for other individuals from different departments/areas to meet and learn about others.

 For the month of January please meet Shelly Plant, Angela Orozco, and Dr. Shannon Clark.

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Shelly Plant

Patient Services Specialist II 

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  • About me/my family: I have 2 wonderful sons who make me proud every day, Ty – 22 and Trent – 21.
  • My pets: I have a 14yr old Quarter Horse named Hiccup that is the best horse ever!
  • What do you like most about working at UTMB? I’ve met some of the most amazing people while working at UTMB, from the exceptional teams I work with, to the patients we care for.
  • One thing most people don’t know about me: I was a licensed soccer coach for 6 years
  • What are your hobbies and interests? Horseback riding, golf, volleyball and problem solving

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Angela Orozco

Nurse Clinician II

CBC League City Fam. Hlth Care

  • About me/my family:  I started working at UTMB about 5 years ago as an LVN and then went back to school to receive my RN. I was rehired 1 year ago in the same clinic and I am currently working on my BSN at UTMB. I live in League City. I am married and have 2 kids, Chloe and Jordan. In my free time, I enjoy the company of my family.
  • Favorite TV Show: The Voice
  • Favorite Food: Cake
  • What is one thing you couldn’t live without?  Mascara
  • Best Vacation: Disney World  ( The happiest place on earth)
  • Best advice I can give… Live, Laugh and Love everyday

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Dr. Shannon Clark

Associate Professor

Department of OB/GYN, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

  • My pets: I have an 85 lb pit bull/boxer mix name Cru. He is sweet as pie and loves his velour blankies. He recently had knee surgery for a torn ACL and meniscus, so we are still in recovery.
  • What do you like most about working at UTMB? I stayed on at UTMB after I finished my MFM fellowship in 2007. I am privileged to work with and extraordinary group in the Department of OB/GYN. I never considered going anywhere else. We are all very close and take care of each other. We are all also fortunate to have strong leadership in our Chairman and Division Directors.
  • One thing most people don’t know about me: I had many jobs from age 16 until my second year of medical school. I worked as an assembly-line worker at Toyota and was a KFC employee for 4 years. I helped my mother clean houses, worked on a horse farm, and worked at carnivals in a food truck. I waited tables at a Tex-Mex restaurant. I also worked at the Kentucky Derby taking bets. I think I may have forgotten a few!
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December’s Employee Spotlight

Each month we will have a blog post spotlighting individuals from the ambulatory division. Spotlighting employees will be an opportunity for other individuals from different departments/areas to meet and learn about others.

 For the month of December please meet Melinda Cruz, Andrea Barboza, and Dr. Anika Bell-Gray

 

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Melinda Cruz

Patient Services Specialist I

VL Surgical Specialties Clinic

  • About me/my family: I am married with 1 stepson
  • My pets: 1 chihuahua “JJ”
  • Favorite Food: Chinese
  • Best Vacation: Cancun,Mexico
  • Best advice I can give… You learn something new every day, accept the knowledge

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Andrea Barboza

Patient Services Specialist II

Womens Specialty Care-Galveston

  • About me/my family: I’ve work for UTMB 11 YEARS ALL FOR THE DEPT OF OB/GYN WOMENS CLINIC.
  • My pets: Love my yorkie shitshu mix named Val
  • One thing most people don’t know about me: one of my favorite music bands is Cage the Elephant
  • What is one thing you couldn’t live without?  Mexican Food 
  • I wish I knew how to…. Fly a plane, I’d love to be a pilot.

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Dr. Anika Bell-Gray

Medical Director

UTMB Family HeathCare Center, Texas City

Department of Family Medicine

  • About me/my family: I am married to my wonderful husband Daran and we have three beautiful daughters ages 2, 6 and 9.  We are involved in our church and we stay active with our girls and their activities in school, gymnastics, piano and of course our social activity…playdates and birthday parties.  
  • Favorite TV show: When I watch TV, I like watching HGTV, Criminal Minds, CSI, Law and Order SVU
  • Favorite movie and book: Coming to America; Every Day a Friday by Joel Osteen
  • I wish I knew how to play the piano.  I think I may be picking it up as my daughters are doing their lessons
  • Best advice I can give:  Live life according to your God-given purpose.  If you have not taken time to do so, rediscover your purpose and live it!
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Community Adult Clinic Holiday Open House

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Texas City Family Health Gives Back

Texas City Family Health collected gifts for a family in need with 3 children.

Thank you for your generosity!

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Ugly Sweater Contest

View pictures from our ugly sweater contest below. Thanks to all those who participated. Happy Holidays!

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November’s Employee Spotlight

Each month we will have a blog post spotlighting individuals from the ambulatory division. Spotlighting employees will be an opportunity for other individuals from different departments/areas to meet and learn about others.

 For the month of November please meet Felicia Garay, Patricia Jones, and Dr. George Carayannopoulos 

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Felicia Garay

Medical Assistant

League City Urgent Care

  • Best Vacation: Disney World
  • About me/my family: I have four kids and one grandson
  • What do you like most about working at UTMB: I like working in pediatrics, my little patients
  • My pets: I have one dog named Emmy
  • What is one thing you couldn’t live without: My kids

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Patricia Jones

Training Specialist II

Ambulatory Training and Development

  • About me/my family: Our family is very close and we spend as much time together as possible. My fabulous husband Robert is a workout fanatic who inspires me to go to the gym and stay in shape. My 22 year old daughter Macey is going to college to be a radiologist. Macey has her own place but shows up for meals and church on a regular basis. My son Austin is a Junior at Clear Creek High School focusing on Engineering, his career aspiration. His sport of choice is water polo and we enjoy watching his team kick butt!
  • My pets: I have a crazy little pound hound I adopted from League City Animal Shelter many years ago. We aren’t sure what kind of dog she is but she runs like a Greyhound, hunts like a Beagle and shivers like a Chihuahua. Her favorite place is as close as possible to her people.
  • What do you like most about working at UTMB? The team I work with on a daily basis is phenomenal. Since merging QA & IT staff with the Training group, we have a greater understanding and impact on meeting the needs of our customers, clinic staff. I thoroughly enjoy meeting all of our new hires and teaching them EPIC and the UTMB process.
  • What are your hobbies and interests?  I love everything related to nature, plants, wildlife and water. My love of nature and gardening has resulted in a plant collectors’ jungle garden paradise in my back yard. I believe if you have weeds, you don’t have enough plants to crowd them out and should add more!
  • Best Vacation: We were lucky enough to have our children and parents with us for a Costa Rican adventure that included toucans, monkeys, sloths, iguanas and white water rafting. Sitting on your vacation porch with morning coffee, watching the monkeys swing through the trees is an experience I highly recommend.

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Dr. George Carayannopoulos 

Physician

Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Electrophysiologist

  • About me/my family: My wife and I recently became proud parents of a beautiful baby girl that was B.O.I. (Born on Island) at UTMB!
  • What do you like most about working at UTMB? The people I get to work with.
  • What is one thing you couldn’t live without?  My family.
  • Best Vacation: Greece
  • Best advice I can give… be honest, forgive, and pray.

 

 

 

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Ambulatory Clinics Halloween

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Ambulatory Joint Commission Fall Festival

The Ambulatory Joint Commission Fall Festival was held at various locations across the Ambulatory enterprise. The events consisted of a series of booths and games designed to test everyone’s knowledge on topics such as Patient Safety and Quality, Patient Care/Record of Care, Medication Management, Infection Control, Patient Rights and Responsibilities, Environment of Care, Life Safety and Emergency Management.

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