Hospitals & Clinics

Representatives of Hospitals & Clinics

Souby George (sogeorge@utmb.edu)

S GeorgeMy name is Souby George; I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from MGR University, India in 1997. I started working at UTMB in 2002.  I earned my Masters of Science in Nursing with a focus on Healthcare System Management from Loyola University, New Orleans in 2011. I live in Galveston with my husband and two children.  During my 15 year nursing career,  I have  worked  in many specialty areas  but my passion  is  cardiology.  Currently, I work 12-hour night shifts as a nurse clinician on the postpartum unit.

Initiatives I have led include starting a Women, Infants and Children Monthly Newsletter to improve communication among the staff working within the department.  As co-chairperson of the 2012 Nurses Week activities, we expanded the festivities to include all health system staff.   I am also serving as the leader of the unit based retention and reward committee.

I currently serve as co-chair of the Night Nursing Council. Our goal is to create a healthy work environment for our night shift workforce at UTMB.  Partnering with the Employee Health Promotion team, we conducted several health promotion events and are planning more in the future. I believe an engaged staff with healthy choices will give us a work force filled with high morale and positive energy.  I am also a member of the Retention, Research Council and Coordinating council.

I would like to serve as the voice for the employees especially those working the night shift.  I am looking forward to the day when our dreams come true; a quiet space for staff to relax and rejuvenate during their break along with affordable, and healthy food choices for the night shift employees.

I would like to thank all my colleagues who believed in me and took their time to vote for me. I am very proud to be a part of this council.

Craig Kovacevich (cskovace@utmb.edu)

 Kovacevich, Craig34Craig S. Kovacevich, MA is the Executive Director for Community Health Plans, which is part of UTMB’s Health System.  In addition to management responsibilities within UTMB Healthcare Systems (UTMB HCS), Craig oversees both the UTMB Multi-Share Plan (formally Galveston County 3-Share Plan) and the UTMB ChoiceONE Select Plan.  Craig joined UTMB Health with an extensive health insurance background.  He oversaw product development, marketing administration and field sales with his previous employer, Moody Insurance Group, Inc. Craig was born and raised on Galveston Island, and has been very involved within Galveston County through his affiliation with various non-profit organizations, charitable events and community projects.

Craig would be honored to serve on the UTMB Health Employee Advisory Council (EAC).  He is committed to the stated mission of the EAC, and would be a spokesman for promoting a positive and collaborative work environment that is dedicated to assessing, prioritizing and communicating the needs of UTMB Health employees.  Craig is a firm believer in fostering open lines of communication between employees and management at every level.  He strongly believes that the EAC’s ability to facilitate the exchange of new ideas will provide leadership with the tools to enhance employee satisfaction and work effectiveness.  This exchange will also aid UTMB Health employees to more-fully embrace and carry-out the University’s mission, vision and values.

One of Craig’s favorite quotes is, “The basic building block of good communications is the feeling that every human is unique and of value.”   There is no better way for Craig to put these words into action than to have the opportunity to be part of the EAC.  Craig asks for your support, pledges to be a fair voice for all employees and commits to “Working together to work wonders™.”

Jacqueline Pope (jkpope@utmb.edu)

J PopeJacqueline K. Pope is a registered nurse with the Geriatrics clinic at UTMB, Victory Lakes Town Center. She has been employed with UTMB for 20 years, most of those years in Geriatrics. Jacqueline received her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Texas in Galveston. She has also received her certification in Geriatrics from the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC).

She is active with the Women’s Ministry at The Carpenter’s House Church in La Marque and also involved with Inspire Women in Houston. She and her husband Regi have a blended family of 11 children and 1 grandchild.