June 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 June please meet Megan Kennedy and Elizabeth Scribner

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Megan Kennedy

LVN

Victory Lakes Town Center

  • About me/my family: Married, No children yet, but soon….
  • My pets: 3 Kitties, Eon, Meeka and Yoshi
  • Five words that describe me: Positive, persistent, empathic, kind and proactive
  • One thing most people don’t know about me: I play the Piano
  • What is your hidden talent? Listening

 

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Elizabeth Scribner

Ambulatory Epic Project Manager

Clinics Administration & Support

  • What do you like most about working at UTMB? I am very grateful to work at UTMB, so there are many things I like about working here. I like knowing I am part of something special, and that in my small way, I can make a difference to our patients through my work with MyChart. I love the sense of community and the energy of the campus. And, I love how many wonderful people I have had the opportunity to work with; many of whom are now good friends.
  • One thing most people don’t know about me: I don’t really watch TV and haven’t since 2007! There are too many other things I’d rather do then sit and watch a TV program. I have a TV at home, but it’s just for movies; I don’t get any channels.
  • What are your hobbies and interests? I read every day; I am never without a book. I love to walk, and try to walk on the Seawall every day. I love to travel. I enjoy hiking, and most of my travels are to National Parks or other places where I can enjoy nature and hike.
  • Best Vacation: Travel is one of my passions so I have been fortunate to have taken some amazing trips. One of my most memorable was going to Paris alone for 10 days. I loved the independence of solo travel, doing what I wanted and when! It was a very exciting, liberating, and meaningful experience. I have also gone to Italy by myself. Of course, it is nice to have someone to share the experience, too!
  • I wish I knew how to…. Paint! I would love to be an artist and able to create beautiful oil paintings and watercolors.
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Galveston County Daily News Readers Choice Awards for 2015 – Best Pediatrician

Dr. Matthew Hay won the Galveston County Daily News Readers Choice Awards for 2015 – Best Pediatrician

Congratulations, Dr. Hay!

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NEW: UTMB Primary and Specialty Care Clinic Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Texas City

Monday, May 18, 2015, the newest UTMB facility held a ribbon cutting ceremony. The old UTMB Primary and Specialty Care Clinic – Texas City expanded its services, and moved into a 35,000 square-foot building where adults and children can receive primary  and specialty care medical services.

The new freestanding facility, located at 10121 Emmett F. Lowry Expresway, has 61 exam rooms, and provides audiology, cardiology, ENT, family medicine, ophthalmology, pediatric primary care, and urology services. The clinic is offering extended hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thank you for everyone’s hard work!

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April 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 March please meet Melissa Langford, Tammy McCrumb, and Salvador Troncozo

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Melissa Langford

LVN

Children’s Center

  • Five words that describe me: Five words that describe me are: Energetic, caring, team-player, self-driven, inquisitive
  • What do you like most about working at UTMB? What I like most about working at UTMB is the diversity of our patient population and the ongoing relationships that I am able to build with them and their families. I also appreciate the time and effort my coworkers take to provide me with opportunities which allow me to expand my knowledge and skills.
  • One thing most people don’t know about me: One thing most people don’t know about me is I was very shy and scared to speak in front of others when I was younger.
  • Favorite TV Show: My favorite TV show is Grey’s Anatomy
  • What is one thing you couldn’t live without? My children

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Tammy McCrumb

Nurse Manager

Dermatology Clinic

  • About me/my family: I have been married for 13 years to my husband Jonathan. We have 2 children – Gavin (15) and Brooke (11)
  • My pets: Dotty and Sage – 2 blue pit bulls. They are my 4-legged children.
  • One thing most people don’t know about me: I started riding horses when I was 2 years old
  • What are your hobbies and interests?  I am very involved in Dickinson FFA and the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo. My daughter raises Market Lambs
  • Best Vacation: My husband and I go to the Guadalupe River every year

 

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Salvador Troncozo

Patient Service Specialist II

ENT League City

  • About me: I’ve been with UTMB for 9 years now. I started off in Medical Records delivering charts from our offsite facility to the Main Campus. I left there to work at the Pedi/Family Clinic in League City off of South Shore Blvd. I moved from there, and have been with ENT for the past 4 years. I’m currently enrolled at College for the Mainland getting my Associate’s in Health Information Management. I’m almost done and I can’t wait!
  • My pets: I have a dog her name is Skyler! She’s the sweetest pit bull you’ll ever meet. She’s my baby girl!
  • Favorite movie and book: Who has time to read these days! Haha! I’m sort of a nerd when it comes to movies. I like all kinds but, you put on any trilogy series like Lord of the rings or Transformers or Star Trek and, you got me hooked for that whole day! Right now, all Marvel movies have my interest.
  • What is one thing you couldn’t live without? My Family and my friends they are my backbone. They are the people that I come to for anything and everything. I’m very grateful for all of them. Words don’t describe what they mean to me.
  • Best advice I can give… Live each day to its fullest. So many times we get caught up with the little things when all we need to do is stop and focus on the big picture…LIFE
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Nurses Week and Health System Week (May 6-14, 2015)

Thank you for everything you do!

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Pediatrics at Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit

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March’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 March please meet LaTreva Bell, Katrina Graham, and Dr. Harold Pine.

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LaTreva Bell

Patient Services Specialist II

CBC Pedi Associates Texas City

  • I have been employed at UTMB for the past 15 years. I am the mother of two, a daughter, Raegan age 19 who is a freshman at University of Texas at San Antonio and a 10 year old son, Troy. I am also engaged to a wonderful man, Joseph.
  • What I like most about working at UTMB is the sense of family and closeness that I feel. My coworkers are more like extended family than coworkers. It is because of them that I enjoy coming to work.
  • The one thing that most people don’t know about me is that I play the piano. I took piano lessons for eight years from the age of 8-16.
  • If there is one thing in this world that I can’t live without, I would say that is my family. It is because of them that I am the person that I am and that I strive to continue to become a better person daily.
  • The best advice that I can give to anyone is to always be true to yourself and who you are. Never allow anyone or anything to compromise your integrity and who you are and what you believe in.

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Katrina Graham

Medical Assistant

CBC Pediatric Associates Alvin

  • About me/my family: My name is Katrina Graham. I am a mother of 3: Maison 10, Destiny 7 and Bryson 5 months. I am married to a wonderful man named Bevin Graham who also works for UTMB as Supervisor in Food and Nutrition.
  • What do you like most about working at UTMB? The thing I like most about working for UTMB is patient care. I love caring for our patients and seeing them leave our facility with a smile. Helping others is what makes me feel great about doing what I do.
  • Favorite Food: My favorite food is Mexican food, there’s nothing like my grandmother’s home cooked meals!
  • What is one thing you couldn’t live without? One thing I could not live without is my family. My husband and children have shown me what caring and love is all about.

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Dr. Harold Pine

Otolaryngology – Faculty

League City and UHC ENT

  • About me/my family: My passion in life is caring for children. My personal ethos is based around trying to live a life of honor thru service. I have an amazing wife and 3 great kids with a fourth on the way.
  • What do you like most about working at UTMB? Watching young medical students turn into amazing surgeons.
  • Favorite Food: sushi and bacon as a close second.
  • What are your hobbies and interests?  I collect toy soldiers from King and Country. I am an avid traveler having visited nearly 50 countries. I love hiking, biking, river rafting and scuba diving.
  • One thing most people don’t know about me: I am a PADI open water scuba instructor
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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

Oral Sugery

  • 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 

Towncenter-Opthalmology

  • 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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