Working with Press Ganey

Deidra Brantley and Laura Williams, Patient Affair Specialist, leading the quality improvement initiative in ambulatory are working side by side with Press Ganey.

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August’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 August please meet Ashley Green, Jeanne Smith, and Dr. Erik Hustak

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Ashley Green
Vocational Nurse
UTMB Children’s Center

About me/my family: I attended Galveston College, and I’ve been a nurse for 2 years, I am married to my wonderful husband of 4 years. I enjoy reading, and watching sports.

Five words that describe me: Loving, Caring, Open-Minded, Optimistic, Selfless

What do you like most about working at UTMB? I like the unlimited opportunities.

Best Vacation: When my husband and I went to Niagara Falls, Canada

A Favorite saying of mine is… If you don’t have anything nice to say, find something.

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Jeanne Smith
Physical Therapist
PCP Galveston Rehab

My pets: I have 2 dogs both are lab mixes

What do you like most about working at UTMB? I love all of the learning opportunities available to us and the support for pursing further education and specializations.

One thing most people don’t know about me: I climbed a Fourteener (Mount Columbia)

Best Vacation: I went to Ireland with my family to learn more about our heritage.

I wish I knew how to… kite surf

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Dr. Erik Hustak
Physician
Anesthesiology and Pain

About me/my family: My wife, Dr. Kristi Hustak, and I moved to Galveston in 2008 to complete our residencies here at UTMB in Plastic Surgery and Anesthesiology, respectively. At the conclusion of my residency, I completed a cancer pain fellowship at MD Anderson in 2012 and have been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology since July of 2013. My clinical time is divided between the Anesthesiology and Pain Departments. My interests are focused on cancer pain management and the multidisciplinary approach to the complex pain patient. I am blessed with a loving family, which has expanded over the last 3 years. My handsome and energetic 2 year old boy, Trenton Kade, and my beautiful 1 year old baby girl, Tatum Belle, puts life into perspective.

My pets: Madison is our loyal boxer-mix rescue dog from a shelter in Columbus, Ohio. We have had her since the start of medical school in 2008 and she has been an amazing companion to our family since.

What do you like most about working at UTMB? The camaraderie provides a unique environment for exceptional patient care. At the same time, it provides a wonderful atmosphere conducive to teaching our resident physicians and medical students.

One thing most people don’t know about me: If I had to choose a career other than medicine, I would probably be a high school teacher. However, secretly, I have always wanted to be a firefighter.

Best advice I can give: Life is short. Hug your kids, hug your spouse, and tell your family how much you love and appreciate them regularly.

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New Phyisican at Bay Colony Women’s Health

Please welcome Dr. Kimberlyn Robinson to Bay Colony Women’s Health!

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Dr. Robinson is a native of Galveston, Texas. She graduated with the honor of Salutatorian from Ball High School in 2002. After graduating from high school, Dr. Robinson went on to attend Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a minor in Medical Humanities. After college, Dr. Robinson returned home to attend medical school as well as complete her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.  She is currently a member of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Texas Medical Association, and the American Medical Association. Dr. Robinson is married to Joseph Robinson, Sr. and together they have one son. She enjoys traveling, and spending time with her family.

She is currently seeing new patients. Her focuses are general obstetrics & gynecology and women’s healthcare.  Her additional interest include:  adolescent health, patient education, gynecologic surgery, and high risk obstetrics.

 

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July’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 July meet Erin Vaughan and Michelle Basci.

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Erin Vaughan

Nurse

League City Family Healthcare

About me/my family: I attended San Jacinto Central with my ADN and graduated in December 2012. I have been with UTMB since May of 2013. I have been married for 7 years and have boy/girl twins that are 2 and a wonderful 12 year old step-son. The majority of our weekends are spent at the baseball field cheering on his baseball team. When we are not there, we enjoy being on the boat out on Clear Lake.

What do you like most about working at UTMB? The diverse opportunity in the nursing field with support and encouragement for advancement

One thing most people don’t know about me: I was a State Champion gymnast in the 90’s

Best Vacation: Going to Sandal Antigua to get married on the beach

Favorite Food: Chips and salsa

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Michelle Basci

Practice Manager

About me/my family: I have been married for 10 years and have 2 kids—Rylan 5 and Hadley 3. I also have 3 rescue dogs—note to self: if you are happy with 2 dogs, don’t take your 4 year old with you to “look” at puppies!

 What do you like most about working at UTMB? All of the people I work with and being able to make a difference in a patient’s life

One thing most people don’t know about me: I used to teach aerobics at the gym.

I wish I knew how to: Guess the winning numbers for the lotto.

A favorite saying of mine is: “The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.” – Karen S. Magee

 

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Congrats Peggy Mann!

Mann, PeggyLifetime Achievement Award for Coordinators of Point-of-Care Testing

This award is given in honor of Herald Waldon, Jr. to a POC Coordinator who has demonstrated at least 10 years of distinguished leadership ensuring the quality of testing at the point-of-care. The 2014 Award Recipient is Peggy Mann. Peggy is a Penn State graduate of Medical Technology and earned her Masters degree from the University of Houston. She is the Clinics Ambulatory POC Coordinator and Program Manager at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Healthcare System. Her duties include support and oversight of the ambulatory POC program, support to the inpatient POC program, liaison for EMR interfaces, and EOC and Epidemiology support. She contributes to multiple committees and work groups practice councils within UTMB. Most everyone from the Pont of Care world knows Peggy. She is active on the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) POC Consensus Committee; AACC CPOCT Division; AACC local Texas section; Texas Gulf Coast POCC Group; and the Southwest Regional POCC Group Peggy has made significant contributions to the POCT world with her numerous presentations and publications each year. This advocacy has taken her across the country on speaking engagements related to the effective implementation of POCT. She has received overwhelming support for this award from her colleagues, peers, and professional organization committee chairs. It is unanimous that Peggy Mann IS the face of POCT!

Congratulations!

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Red, White, & Blue!

In honor of the 4th, UTMB clinics celebrate by wearing Red, White, and Blue! We wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday.

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The BIG Picture

On Monday, June 23rd, Ms. Shanika Silva offered the visiting children brief art lessons in the waiting room of the PCP Pediatrics clinic. The picture below will be framed and displayed in the Pediatric Triage area.

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2014 Sports Physical

On Saturday, June 21st, the 4th annual Sport Physical screenings took place at the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes from 9a.m. to 1p.m. A total of 72 students participated this year. What another great year to serve the UTMB family and the community! Thank you for your help in making this possible!

2014 Sports Physical Volunteers

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Port of Galveston Health Fair

On Thursday, June 5th, our Ambulatory members participated in the Port of Galveston Health Fair  to promote all the great services our clinics have to offer!

Over 50 blood sugar tests and 60 blood pressure tests were completed! Way to go!

From left to right: Corina Rodriguez, Cacita North, Peggy Castanie, and Janis Layer

From left to right: Corina Rodriguez, Cacita North, Peggy Castanie, and Janis Layer

 

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June’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 June meet Karen Wilturner Williams, Jason Long, and Deschaunna WoodsKaren Williams 2
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Patient Access Specialist
Access Center

My pets: My lovely MaltiPoo, LuLu

Five words that describe me: Professional, Honest, Reliable, Smart Working, and Compassionate

What do you like most about working at UTMB? I love working with our Patients—all of them (that includes my colleagues).

What are your hobbies and interests?  Fishing, Cooking and Helping in the community.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without? I could not live without GOD in my life.

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Senior Business Coordinator
Ambulatory Support Services

 About me/my family: I am a father of a handsome smart big-hearted 11 year old boy (Jacob) who just won the American Legion Award for Hall Elementary. I have a beautiful smart, funny, strong-willed, 2 year old girl (Rylie Marie) that melts my heart on a daily basis. I have another girl on the way that will be here July 16 named (Regan Marie), if she is anything like Ry or Ash I am in trouble. I can’t wait to hold her and stare into her eyes. My beautiful wife (Ashley Marie Long) is my best friend, my soul mate, my advisor, and my rock, and the mother of my children. I owe everything I am today, to her.

Five words that describe me: Religious, Proud, Gracious, Dedicated, Loyal

What do you like most about working at UTMB? UTMB is a large family, and like most large families there are always challenges and internal disputes from being a large family. However when we are faced with hard and difficult times, we rally together like a family would. I have seen and experienced this recently, the camaraderie and love that was so prevalent from so many people, enhanced my love for UTMB. I have been blessed to work with such great people that make this great family.

One thing most people don’t know about me: I was a Fire Fighter

What are your hobbies and interests? Golf, fishing, politics, and beach days with the family.

Best advice I can give… When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at start to change!

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Deschaunnra Woods
Medical Assistant
Stewart Road Family Medicine

About me/my family: My name is Deschaunnra D. Woods but I go by Dee Dee, to make life easier, lol. I have a 3 yr old daughter

What do you like most about working at UTMB? What I like most about it, is how welcoming the employees are. They truly make me feel a part of the family. Before starting this job 3 months ago I worked at a gas station and coming here I was so afraid they would throw me to the wolves, but it was completely different. The staff took their time and was very understanding. Like a mother taking their child under her arms.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without? I can’t live without my cell phone or my Best Friend, who is my 3 yr old daughter London.

Favorite TV Show: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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