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
Karen Wilturner Williams
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.

Jason LongJason Long
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!

DD

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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Daisy Award Winners 2014

 Congratulations to the 2014 Daisy Award Winners:

  • Gay Corbin, Access Center
  • Barbara Brown, VL Specialties
  • Pamala Powers, Infusion Therapy UHC
  • Jessica Marsh, Island Pediatrics PCP (Video of Jessica receiving Daisy award can be viewed here.)

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QuEST Newsletter Superstars

A regular feature of QuEST Training Connection Newsletters will be to recognize the people who rise above the rest.  With the many talented people working at UTMB, it is important to recognize some of our Superstars whenever possible. 

These categories reflect a 6 month average performance number for:

  • Calls taken per month
  • Appointments scheduled per month
  • HARS created per month
  • Appointment Check-ins per month
  • Referrals released from workqueues monthly

Making it onto a TOP 10 lists over a 6 month period is a tremendous honor.  Our featured  Superstars made their way onto multiple lists, a considerable accomplishment. 

Please join us in congratulating the following. You inspire us with your greatness! 

 Superstars

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Relay for Life Access Center

The Access Center particiapted in Relay for Life Mainland on April 25th. The Relay For Life movement features community and campus events that offer an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer. UTMB Access Center team raised $650 towards the fight against Cancer. Way to go team!

Below are pictures from the event.

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May’s Ambulatory Spotlights

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 May meet Travis Demarest and Dr. Jennifer Caffey.

Travis

Travis Demarest
Patient Services Specialist Supervisor
UTMB ENT Property

One thing most people don’t know about me: I was the Executive Director of the Bay Area SPCA preceding my time at UTMB.

My pets: A Chihuahua, a couple of Boxers and a boat load of very entertaining hermit crabs.

Hobbies and interests: Piddling in my yard, cooking, and trying new cuisine.

Favorite Food: I love ALL food, except ice cream and honey.

I wish I knew how…to fly.

 Jennifer Caffey

Dr. Jennifer Caffey
League City Provider

 About me/my family: I grew up in Northwest Houston and attended Texas A&M for my undergraduate degree (Whoop!) I then went to UNT Health Science Center for Medical School and did my pediatric residency at UTMB. I left for a few years, but found my way back home to UTMB.

My pets:I have a dog named Ellie who pretty much is like my child. She is a terrier mix pound puppy who loves to travel with me, snuggle, and burrow under the covers.

One thing most people don’t know about me: I enjoy volunteering my time. I have been a member of the Junior League of Galveston County for 7 years now and love volunteering in the community. We are a group of women who are passionate about helping out in Galveston County. It is also a great way to meet new people in the community.

What are your hobbies and interests: I love to read. I always have my kindle with me in case there is some free time to read. I am in a book club so there is a new book to read every month. I also enjoy traveling; the more exotic the better, but I also love just a relaxing beach getaway. I am adventurous and love to go boating, sailing, and swimming.

My best vacation: This is a difficult choice because of my love of travel. I think Alaska was my favorite trip I have taken so far. I enjoyed the beautiful glaciers, whale watching, dog sledding, salmon fishing, and wildlife viewing. It was an amazing adventure with beautiful sights to see.

Thanks for sharing Travis and Dr. Caffey.

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Crazy Socks!

Crazy Sock Galveston UHC Infusion Clinic has a monthly theme for their patients. For the month of April, the theme was crazy socks. One of our infusion patients had the best superman socks (red cape and all)!

This team is creative and makes such a difference to our patients! Thank you for all you do to lift patient spirits and engage them.

 

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Gritty Goddess

Saturday, April 26th some of the PCP Pediatrics staff participated in the Gritty Goddess obstacle course at Moody Gardens. Looks like they had a blast and did great! Pictured from left to right : Gladys Arcega, Lauren Campbell, and Karla Boozer

Gritty Goddess

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Retreat

Alvin Pediatrics,  Dickinson Family Medicine and Island East Family Medicine working together to work wonders by analyzing patient care flow.

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Ambulatory Picnic

Picnic Invite

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