May 29

EAC Hosts Annual Meeting with Executive Leadership

EAC council members met with Executive Leadership on May 22, 2014, recognized new officers and outgoing members, and discussed goals for the coming year. Goals for 2014 remain the same as in 2013.

  1. Continue to improve communication between EAC and stakeholders.
    • Revised EAC Blog —
    • Web views over past year
      • Contact Form – 609 views
      • Scrapbook page – 220 views
      • Other page views range from 210 to 130
    • Concerns submitted through EAC blog = 32
      • May 2013 to May 2014
      • Includes questions submitted for Town Halls and Mondays in March
      • Majority submitted anonymously
    • EAC representatives actively keep President informed of constituent feedback.
    • EAC supports as many UTMB functions and initiatives as possible.
    • Survey to launch in early June 2014 to generate data to compare to 2010 survey and set the course for the coming year.

  2.     Increase accessibility of EAC representatives to be utilized institutionally for focus groups, beta testing,   and process improvements.

    •  EAC held “Engage and Chat” sessions with employees at several UTMB and CMC sites, including:
      • CMC Rusk, Skyview and Hodge units, February 2014
      • Nursing Nightshift Council, October 2013
      • CMC Richmond, Jester III and Jester IV units, May 2013
    • Upcoming Engage and Chat sessions: 
      • CMC Huntsville, Eastham and Estelle units, June 2014
      • Mainland clinics (location, date to be determined)
    • EAC assists with Dr. Callender’s “Open Access” and “What’s on Your Mind” sessions.   

   3.     Develop and implement programs and/or initiatives to improve employee morale.

    • Planning Engage and Chat at Angleton Danbury Medical Center in coming months.
    •  UTMB hosted successful UT System EAC Annual Meeting on the Galveston campus in September 2013.

    •  EAC will to work with Leadership, Human Resources and UT System EAC to celebrate UT System Recognition Day in November.

  4.      Collaborate with Leadership to define the process and procedure for triage and resolution of issues.

    • Provided focus groups/feedback for:
      – You Count! Pulse Survey
      – ePerformance
      – Marketing and Communications Survey
      – Strategic priorities communication with Dr. Callender
      – Blue Ribbon panel discussion by Dr. Callender at Town Hall

  5.      Unite with other UTMB groups and departments to work together to work wonders. 

    •  EAC pops popcorn for Mondays in March sessions to raise awareness and promote employee morale and attendance.

    •  EAC assists with events including Earth Day, Employee Service Awards and Nurses Week.

    •  EAC sponsors a holiday/birthday party for the Pedi unit at John Sealy Hospital each December.

      Susanne and Dr Callender

      Dr. Callender presents Susanne Johnston with an award for her service on the EAC.

      Tonya and Dr Callender

      Dr. Callender presents Tonya Campbell with an award for her service on the EAC.

        Round the table pic   

May 14

EAC Hosts Engage and Chat at CMC Skyview and Hodge Units

EAC representatives – Amineh Baradar, Gerald Cleveland, Kevin Moore and Denee’ Robison visited the Skyview and Hodge facilities located in Rusk, Texas on February 26, 2014 to host an Engage and Chat.  Members met with employees and explained the role of the Employee Advisory Council and the purpose of the Engage and Chat as an outreach program to familiarize employees with the EAC and how to communicate with the group.  Gerald Cleveland, UTMB Director of Health Promotions, discussed the Employee Health and Wellness Program.  EAC members were also given a tour and were able to visit staff in their work areas.

May 09

EAC Participates in Employee Service Day

The 2014 Employee Service Day pin ceremony was held on Thursday, May 8.  A total of 1,418 employees were recognized for their collective 18,365 years of service to the university and our mission.  The service pins are presented in five year increments, with 40 years being the longest tenure honored at this ceremony.  In addition, 578 GEM card recipients were recognized for demonstrating exemplary behavior in their daily activities.  EAC took part in the Mardi Gras themed celebration by distributing beads.  Congratulations to all the employees that were recognized! 

Julie and Gerald

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May 09

Congratulations to UTMB Nurses Recognized as Outstanding Nurses

Congratulations to UTMB nurses in the Top 100 Houston Nurses, including EAC representative, Souby George, Barbara Bonificio, Sharon Bourg, Gary Eubank and Jessica Peck!  For more than a decade, the Houston Chronicle has celebrated National Nurses Week by recognizing up to 100 Houston nurses.  Honorees are recognized by patients or coworkers as someone who has made a tangible, positive impact in the nursing community.  The Top 100 Nurses are selected by a panel of educators and leaders in the field and the Top 10 receive special recognition as guests at an awards luncheon.  Sharon Bourg, RN, UTMB Health Emergency Department, was selected as one of the top 10 ten nurses.  Barbara Bonificio, Director – Nursing Excellence, Gary Eubank, Associate Chief Nursing Officer – Offender Care Services, Souby George, Nurse Clinician III – postpartum and Jessica Peck, Associate Professor – School of Nursing Masters Program, were selected in the top 100.  The Houston Chronicle will publish a special Salute to Nurses section on Sunday, May 11. 

The EAC would like to thank all UTMB nursing staff for the work they do each day to serve our patients.  Happy Nurse’s Week! 

Nurses Day


“I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.”
Florence Nightingale

Feb 27

Mondays in March

UTMB’s Mission. Your Role. Learn More at Mondays in March Sessions Beginning March 3

The university’s annual Mondays in March series gets under way next week, and everyone is encouraged either to attend in person or to view the sessions remotely.

This year, we will provide an update on the progress, achievements and challenges experienced over the first half of the current fiscal year. In addition, we’ll talk about the role each employee plays in fulfilling UTMB’s mission as the university continues to travel on the Road Ahead to a successful future.

All sessions will take place at noon in Levin Hall Main Auditorium. This year’s schedule is as follows:

Monday, March 3, 2014

Academic Enterprise Update

Dr. Danny O. Jacobs

Executive Vice President, Provost and Dean, School of Medicine


Monday, March 17, 2014

Health System Update

Donna K. Sollenberger

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, UTMB Health System


Monday, March 31, 2014

Institutional and Financial Update

Dr. David Callender



Michael Scheer

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Refreshments, including popcorn provided by the Employee Advisory Council, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis after each Mondays in March session.

Alternate viewing options will be available for those unable to attend in person. More information is posted on the Mondays in March website.

You are encouraged to submit questions in advance for each of us to answer at our session. Questions can be submitted here.

Please consider taking advantage of these opportunities to learn more about how UTMB Health functions and how you can play your part to help ensure a bright future for the university and the people we serve. We hope to see you there!

Feb 06

Town Hall Meeting – Feb. 14

 Town Hall Feb 14 2014






The first Town Hall of 2014 will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 14, in Levin Hall Auditorium. UTMB President Dr. David Callender will provide updates on UTMB’s financial health, construction progress, communication plans and actions in response to the latest employee survey. He’ll talk about strategic thinking in a changing health care landscape, with a focus on marketing targeted patient services and fostering employee engagement.

The meeting will include Q&A.  Refreshments will be available after the meeting.

If you’d like to submit a question in advance to be read at the meeting (your name will not be used), see the options below. If time constraints do not allow every question to be asked at the meeting, Dr. Callender will be available after Town Hall to answer questions individually. And questions and answers will be posted to the Town Hall website.

Town Hall viewing options:

  • Town Hall will be broadcast live on campus TV Channel 53; a signal of the meeting is sent to many remote sites (such as RMCH telehealth locations) via the Information Services Video Operations network.
  • A live webcast will be offered and will be available using Apple Quicktime stream – (*Note: Quicktime player is required.) Check this site approximately 30 minutes before the meeting for an active link to the webcast.
  • CMC participants can view online using a PC and this Media Windows link. To view the meeting using an existing DMS video conference room system, remote locations must RSVP to Veronica Pleasant at or the ISVO Control Room at (409) 747-9037 to ensure and confirm video connectivity for the actual event. 
  • The Town Hall meeting and a brief video summary will be posted on the Town Hall website within a week following the meeting. For more information, contact Marketing and Communications at (409) 772-2618.


Nov 25

Newly-elected EAC Members Announced

Congratulations to newly-elected Employee Advisory Council (EAC) members. They are:

 Frank ValiulisFrank Valiulis, representing Institutional Support staff
Kevin Moore, representing Correctional Managed Care employees K. Moore 
Susanne Johnston, representing the Academic Enterprise, and   Suzanne Johnston
Souby George, representing Hospital and Clinic staff
Thank you to all of the nominees and voters.

Nov 22

Ambulatory Tree Lighting

Celebrate the season with Ann O’Connell and Ambulatory Leadership at the 4th Annual Ambulatory Tree Lighting scheduled on Wednesday, December 4th from 6:00pm-7:00pm.  This is a family celebration, so bring your children and make sure they visit the holiday craft stations.  The Specialty Care Center Victory Lakes is located at 2240 Gulf Freeway South, League City. 


Nov 08

UT System Recognition Day Honors Employees Statewide

 UT System Day Graphic

Did you know that, as a UTMB employee, you’re part of a university system that began 130 years ago and today includes six health science universities and nine academic institutions? A system that enrolls more than 215,000 students and is responsible for countless advances in education, the arts, sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and (near and dear to UTMB) health care?

The University of Texas System has designated Nov. 8, 2013, as the first UT System Recognition Day to honor the efforts of you and your fellow UTMB and System employees throughout the state. First proposed by the statewide Employee Advisory Council, UT System Recognition Day is a reminder of all that we’ve accomplished and all that we contribute to our state.

You make our vital mission possible. Thank you for the work you do every day to improve health for Texas and beyond.

To learn more about UTMB’s Employee Advisory Council, visit the EAC blog. You can use the email feature on the blog to provide EAC your ideas for how UTMB can celebrate UT System Recognition Day in the future and let the council know what your work as a UTMB and UT System employee means to you. Also, be sure to take part in this year’s EAC elections to determine representatives for the coming year.

Nov 04

Elections 2013

The UTMB Employee Advisory Council (EAC) exists to foster bi-directional communication and dialog for all Classified staff, Administrative & Professional (A&P) positions, and new for this year, Non-Teaching staff (excluding residents). The Council, which is sponsored and endorsed by the Office of the President, works to promote a positive and collaborative work environment that is committed to assessing, prioritizing and communicating employee needs. It also serves as a focus group/advisory panel by providing a feedback loop on broad issues and potential new programs that can impact Classified staff, A&P positions, and Non-Teaching staff (excluding residents).

Members are derived from four widely-grouped areas within UTMB. For the purposes of representation on the council, the university is grouped in four large segments: Academic Enterprise, Correctional Managed Care, Hospitals and Clinics, and Institutional Support.

The EAC is a peer elected group that serves to enhance communication for all classified, Administrative & Professional (A&P), and non-teaching positions, excluding residents. Elections are held each year to replace members who have served their commitment to the council.

The nominations are in and now the voting begins to elect the new representatives for the Employee Advisory Council (EAC). The candidates are divided by entity groups and you may cast your vote once for a candidate within your specific entity group. The elections will be open from November 4 through 22.

Our thanks go to the following members who have completed their commitment: Susanne Johnston (Academic Enterprise), Tonya Campbell (Correctional Managed Care), Michele Lockwood (Institutional Support), and Souby George (Hospitals and Clinics).

Please review the page for each entity to view candidate information and use the following link to vote: If you are unable to vote electronically, please contact us at empladvc@UTMB.EDU for special accommodations.

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