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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November’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 November please meet Felicia Garay, Patricia Jones, and Dr. George Carayannopoulos 

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Felicia Garay

Medical Assistant

League City Urgent Care

  • Best Vacation: Disney World
  • About me/my family: I have four kids and one grandson
  • What do you like most about working at UTMB: I like working in pediatrics, my little patients
  • My pets: I have one dog named Emmy
  • What is one thing you couldn’t live without: My kids

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Patricia Jones

Training Specialist II

Ambulatory Training and Development

  • About me/my family: Our family is very close and we spend as much time together as possible. My fabulous husband Robert is a workout fanatic who inspires me to go to the gym and stay in shape. My 22 year old daughter Macey is going to college to be a radiologist. Macey has her own place but shows up for meals and church on a regular basis. My son Austin is a Junior at Clear Creek High School focusing on Engineering, his career aspiration. His sport of choice is water polo and we enjoy watching his team kick butt!
  • My pets: I have a crazy little pound hound I adopted from League City Animal Shelter many years ago. We aren’t sure what kind of dog she is but she runs like a Greyhound, hunts like a Beagle and shivers like a Chihuahua. Her favorite place is as close as possible to her people.
  • What do you like most about working at UTMB? The team I work with on a daily basis is phenomenal. Since merging QA & IT staff with the Training group, we have a greater understanding and impact on meeting the needs of our customers, clinic staff. I thoroughly enjoy meeting all of our new hires and teaching them EPIC and the UTMB process.
  • What are your hobbies and interests?  I love everything related to nature, plants, wildlife and water. My love of nature and gardening has resulted in a plant collectors’ jungle garden paradise in my back yard. I believe if you have weeds, you don’t have enough plants to crowd them out and should add more!
  • Best Vacation: We were lucky enough to have our children and parents with us for a Costa Rican adventure that included toucans, monkeys, sloths, iguanas and white water rafting. Sitting on your vacation porch with morning coffee, watching the monkeys swing through the trees is an experience I highly recommend.

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Dr. George Carayannopoulos 

Physician

Internal Medicine-Cardiology, Electrophysiologist

  • About me/my family: My wife and I recently became proud parents of a beautiful baby girl that was B.O.I. (Born on Island) at UTMB!
  • What do you like most about working at UTMB? The people I get to work with.
  • What is one thing you couldn’t live without?  My family.
  • Best Vacation: Greece
  • Best advice I can give… be honest, forgive, and pray.

 

 

 

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Ambulatory Clinics Halloween

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Ambulatory Joint Commission Fall Festival

The Ambulatory Joint Commission Fall Festival was held at various locations across the Ambulatory enterprise. The events consisted of a series of booths and games designed to test everyone’s knowledge on topics such as Patient Safety and Quality, Patient Care/Record of Care, Medication Management, Infection Control, Patient Rights and Responsibilities, Environment of Care, Life Safety and Emergency Management.

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Adult Community Health Clinic

The staff at the Adult Community Health Clinic in Texas City have fun together after work at Painting with a Twist!

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October’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 October please meet Dr. Marco Vizzeri, Dr. Edythe Harvey, and Donna Singleton

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Dr. Marco Vizzeri

Ophthalmology

  • One thing most people don’t know about me: I travelled Europe in the ‘90s as a juggler and street performer
  • Favorite TV Show: Food Network Star. My chef friend, since childhood, Luca Della Casa, finished second this year!
  • What is one thing you couldn’t live without? My espresso shot in the mornings 
  • I wish I knew how to…. Be ubiquitous!
  • Best advice I can give… Three words from my ancestors, “Dulcius ex asperis” (in English it means “sweeter after difficulty”). Overcoming major challenges are always more rewarding than a goal achieved without difficulty.

 

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 Dr. Edythe Harvey

Psychiatry, Adult & Substance Abuse

  • What do you like most about working at UTMB? The people make this place! They are caring and friendly plus it’s where I was born.
  • One thing most people don’t know about me: I use to be a professional ski instructor.
  • What are your hobbies and interests? Walking/hiking with my husband, kayaking and working jigsaw puzzles.
  • I wish I knew how to….weld.
  • Best advice I can give….Wherever you are, act like this is where you will be for the rest of your life. You will learn more and develop more meaningful relationships.

 

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Donna Singleton

Patient Services Specialist I

PCP Family Medicine

  • About me/my family: I am a mother of two sons ages 19 and 24. 
  • Favorite TV Show: Tyler Perry’s The Have and Have Nots. I enjoy watching a good drama.
  • Best vacation: In 2012 I took a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • I wish I knew how to… play the piano and organ.
  • Best advice I can give….is enjoy each day you are blessed to see. Follow your dreams, love, laugh as often as you can. Never give up on your dreams, even if times are tough just believe that you can make it.

 

 

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Breast Health Awareness Events

On October 15th 2014 UTMB invited survivors and the public to a day of Breast Health Awareness events.

The first being a breakfast honoring cancer survivors and recognizing National BRA Day at Victory Lakes Specialty Center from 7:30 to 9:00 AM. The second event was a Lunch and Learn covering breast reconstruction options at the Open Gates from noon to 1:00 PM. The final event, Ladies Night Out, guest enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, shopping and wine as others won vendor-donated door prizes at Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

We would like to thank our vendors, guests, survivors, and staff for making this event not only possible, but successful. We look forward to you joining us next year!

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