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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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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