Did you miss the last Breakfast Club?

If you were unable to attend the last breakfast club meeting then you’re in luck! Visit the link here to see “Has Anyone Seen My Libido,” presented by Dr. Catherine Hansen as part of the UTMB Breakfast Club series.

The Breakfast Club meets the first Tuesday of every other month at 7:00am. Session locations alternate between the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes and Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic.

Upcoming Sessions:
Nov. 6, 2012 – Mood Disorders
Jan. 8, 2013 – Breast Augmentation
Mar. 5, 2013 – Bone Health
May 7, 2013 – Screening Tests – What you need, when and why

*Topics and dates may change

The first World Sepsis Day-September 13

Sepsis is a toxic response to infection that kills 258,000 Americans each year. It is a medical emergency that requires early detection and treatment for survival. Learn more by viewing the sites below.

» Sepsis Alliance Website
» Sepsis: Emergency (Video)
» Sepsis Material
» Sepsis Presentation (Video)

The first World Sepsis Day was held on September 13. Major events took place all around the world, including here at UTMB and with the Texas Medical Center. Below are pictures of Ambulatory Nursing pledging to increase Sepsis Awareness!



A Message from the Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer, UTMB Health System

I am pleased to announce that Blake Korndorffer, Director for Primary Care, Pediatric and Psychiatry Clinics in Ambulatory Operations, has agreed to assume the position of Clinical Operations Lead for the duration of the UTMB Connect Project. The UTMB Connect project involves the implementation of Prelude (Registration), Cadence (Scheduling) and Resolute (Hospital & Professional Billing) modules into the EPIC Revenue Cycle System. The project is highly complex and involves almost every aspect of Health System operations. It will have a significant impact on both clinical documentation and workflows and operational system integration. Blake’s experience with information systems implementation prior to joining UTMB and his expertise and responsibilities with ambulatory clinic administration will serve him well in helping us shepherd required preparations for the successful deployment and integration of revenue cycle components of Epic.

As the project now moves into the training and operational implementation phase in preparation for go-live April 8, 2013, I have asked Blake, as a Clinical Operations Lead, to partner with Project Director, George Gaddie, and serve as a champion for transformation and optimization opportunities associated with this rollout across all UTMB settings. Responsibilities of the Clinical Lead position include the coordination of workflows in all Health System ambulatory and inpatient operations, and in ancillary service areas. In addition, he will assist in the proper integration of the new Epic Revenue Cycle solutions with the Epic clinical record and partner with Dr. Carlos Clark, who is facilitating the change team and helping advance clinical documentation. Blake will help assure that UTMB Connect project workflows keep the expectations of our patients, physicians central to decisions and solutions. Blake will also serve as an advocate and resource for the Faculty Group Practice and the School of Medicine. Blake will help operational leaders anticipate and appropriately engage with testing, training, and implementation deadlines and milestones.

For any operational questions about the UTMB Connect implications, contact Blake directly at jbkorndo@UTMB.EDU, his new Clear Lake office (409) 266-1011, or at (832) 567-5312.

Ambulatory Orientation—September 11, 2012

Welcome our new UTMB Health employees! FRONT ROW: Lissette Ibanez, PSS 1, Gabriela Triana, PSS 1, both from Victory Lakes Town Center; BACK ROW: Benjamin Burdette, PSS 1, from Victory Lakes Specialty Care, Jessica Keefover, PSS 1, from Victory Lakes Cancer Center

Nicole Haas, Clinic Service Rep III, Kiki Baldwin, Clinic Service Rep III both from TDCJ Hospital

 Melody Sifuentes, PAS, from the Access Center, Deidra Brantley, PAS from the PCP, Nilda Williams, PSS 1, from ENT/OTO

Kara Rose, RN NC III, from Victory Lakes Ambulatory Surgical Center, LaTonya Cunningham, PSS I, from Ophthalmology

FRONT ROW: Joanna Rodriguez, RN NC III, from Victory Lakes Ambulatory Surgical Center, Crystal Lopez, NC II, from Texas City Family Health; BACK ROW: Ann Depauw, RN III, from Victory Lakes Ambulatory Surgical Center, Lorna Baez, Nurse Manager, from Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center, Lauren Perez, NC III, from Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center

You help make us a great organization, welcome aboard!

Community Champion Award

UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes was the recipient of the Community Champion Award for 2012 by the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families. Bonnie Broaddus Benkula, Associate Vice President for Service Line Operations and Ambulatory, attended the Bay Area Alliance annual meeting held last June 7th and accepted this award on behalf of the UTMB team.

Victory Lakes was the #1 collection site with 1,030 lbs expired medication collected during two drug take backs. An appreciation breakfast was held last Wednesday, August 29th to honor the team of leadership and volunteers that made this event successful.

Next Drug Take Back is scheduled on Saturday, September 29th from 10am to 2pm at Victory Lakes.


From left – Amanda McLauchlin, Coalition Manager, Bay Area Alliance Youth and Families, Bonnie Benkula, AVP for Service Line Operations & Ambulatory UTMB & John Warnement, President, Bay Area Alliance


From left – Marjorie Kovacevich, Business Manager for Ambulatory UTMB, De’Anne Meeh Environmental Health Safety Consultant UTMB, Paul Bolling Administrator Ambulatory Surgery Center UTMB, Amanda McLauchlin Coalition Manager Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families, Kelly Ledford Community Education Specialist TDH Poison Center UTMB, Bonnie Benkula AVP for Service Line Operations & Ambulatory UTMB, Jesse Seelbach Director Business Operations Facilities & Emergency Planning Ambulatory UTMB, Carlos Escobar AVP Business Operations & Facilities UTMB and Jack Tarpley Program Director Environmental & Life Safety UTMB.

UTMB plans $82M Victory Lakes Expansion

Galveston County Daily News reporter Laura Elder recently spoke with Health System CEO Donna Sollenberger, and published an article Sept. 1 based on the interview and recent news from the UT System Board or Regents. An excerpt from the article is below; click link that follows for full story:    

LEAGUE CITY — Bolstered by its success in the north county, the University of Texas Medical Branch plans an $82 million expansion of its Victory Lakes facilities that would include an emergency department and beds to accommodate patients requiring overnight stays.

On Aug. 22, the UT System Board of Regents agreed to include the proposed Victory Lakes expansion in its 2013-18 capital improvement program. Plans are preliminary, and there still are details to work out, medical branch officials said. As early as the next quarterly meeting in November, regents could approve design development plans for a project that would strongly position the medical branch to compete against a proliferating number of urgent and emergency care facilities on the mainland and other medical facilities in the Clear Lake area.

Contrary to rumors, the 142,000-square-foot expansion is not for a new hospital in League City, medical branch officials said. However, medical branch officials are seeking support space that would allow for procedures and surgeries requiring up to an average 72-hour patient stay. Among other benefits, the expansion would “ensure the viability of orthopedic, general surgery, cardiology and women’s services programs,” medical branch officials said.

The $61 million Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, which opened in May 2010, offers state-of-the-art imaging services, outpatient surgery, a breast health center, a full-service laboratory and other specialty services. As it stands, the specialty center is set up to accommodate four-hour procedure recoveries. Expansion plans call for adding 39 inpatient beds, 17 emergency/urgent care beds, additional operating rooms, endoscopy rooms and 25,000 square feet of shell space for future development.

[read full article in GCDN]