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.

Oct 24

Town Hall Meeting Set for Oct. 31

Come to Levin Hall at noon on Thursday, Oct. 31, for the latest Town Hall meeting. UTMB President Dr. David Callender will talk about the future of academic medical centers in an ever-changing health care environment    and the vision for UTMB’s future. He’ll outline strategic priorities and the role of every employee in fulfilling UTMB’s mission, in addition to providing a brief overview of You Count! Pulse Survey results.

We’ll also kick off the 2013 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) with an agency fair in Levin Hall foyer from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Agencies will have giveaways and take-home materials to help inform UTMB employees about different giving options. Popcorn, courtesy of the Employee Advisory Council (EAC), and other refreshments also will be available in the foyer after Town Hall.

Below are various ways to submit questions to Town Hall. If time constraints do not allow questions to be asked in person at the meeting, Dr. Callender will be available after Town Hall to answer questions in person. And we’ll post questions and answers to the Town Hall web site.

1.         Send an email to

 2.        Click on the “Submit a Question” link on the Town Hall web site.

 3.        Send a message via the Employee Advisory Council online form (option to remain anonymous).

4.        Send a confidential note via interoffice mail addressed to “Talk of the Town,” Route 0149. From off-campus: UTMB Talk of the Town, 301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX  77555-0149.

 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: View the meeting using an existing video conference room system (DMS). CMC areas wishing to use the DMS must RSVP with Veronica Pleasant at or the ISVO Control Room 409-747-9037 to ensure and confirm video connectivity for the actual webcast.
  • The Town Hall meeting and a brief video summary will be posted on this site approximately one day after the meeting.

  For more information, contact Marketing and Communications at (409) 772-2618.

Oct 15

EAC Members Get Caught in the Stairwell

EAC representatives joined the Nursing Night Council and the UTMB Health Promotion Team on October 14th for a Health Promotion event at John Sealy.  Health promotion staff and volunteers were in the John Sealy stairwells, along a walking route, in the stretch band demonstration or a relaxation corner to “catch” employees participating in any of these activities. Cold water and other goodies were provided.  EAC representatives were on hand as well to meet and chat with staff.  For more information on UTMB Health Promotion, Training for Life campaign log on to

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Oct 09

GEM Winners Announced for 2013

The annual GEM drawing was held on May 8, 2013. GEM honorees and drawing winners were recognized at the Employee Service Day celebration on May 9th.

The winners received a UTMB portable media player during the Employee Service Day celebration.  Below is the list of 2013 GEM winners. 

Adeboye Adetutu TDCJ-Nursing-Women’s TDCJ Hospital
Allen James SICU Nursing Services
Alston Debra Emergency Services – Nursing Nursing Services
Anderson Blanca Day Surgery Unit Nursing Services
Andrews Sandra Pediatric Med/Surg Nursing Services
Ayala Amy UHC 4th Floor Medicine Special On-Campus Clinics
Bailey Carla Ron Jackson Unit Correctional Managed Care
Balfour Susana Access Center On-Campus Clinics
Bertsch Jennifer Chemistry Division Hospital
Blount Tara Huntsville Central Pharmacy Correctional Managed Care
Bradley Donna Ron Jackson Unit Correctional Managed Care
Cap Cathy Neuro/Neurosurgery Nursing Services
Carmichael Valerie SOM Assoc Dean-Student Affairs School of Medicine
Catacutan Malourdes PICU Nursing Services
Clemons Cheryl Neuro/Neurosurgery Nursing Services
Combs Thomas TDCJ ICU TDCJ Hospital
Darden Princess Neuro/Neurosurgery Nursing Services
Denke Kathleen Day Surgery Unit Nursing Services
Drees Ralph BSL4 Maintenance Facilities Services
Evans-Garcia Holly Inst for Translational Science School of Medicine
Fowler Crystal ISCU Nursing Services
Fuchs Theresa Goree Unit Correctional Managed Care
Garza Michael Cardiac Catheterization Labora Hospital
Ginn Stephanie Newborn Nursery – TCN Nursing Services
Gorman Jesse Echocardiography Lab Hospital
Hall Daphne UTMBHCS Clinical Staffing Hospital
Herrera Jodie Ortho/Trauma Nursing Services
Hickman Tina UHC 5th FL Clinics On-Campus Clinics
Holmen Erika Stewart Rd Family Med Clinic On-Campus Clinics
James Patricia Day Surgery Unit Nursing Services
Keneson Celeste Speech & Audiology – OTO School of Medicine
LeFear Denisha Medicine/Nephrology Nursing Services
Lewis Willelois Pediatric Med/Surg Nursing Services
Love Kimberly TDCJ ICU TDCJ Hospital
Mares Christina Labor & Delivery Nursing Services
Miles Joseph Emergency Services – Nursing Nursing Services
Moore Shonna Hughes Unit Correctional Managed Care
Och Debra Victory Lake Business Office Victory Lakes
Polanco Corina Day Surgery Unit Nursing Services
Ramirez Jennifer Ortho/Trauma Nursing Services
Riddle Althea CBC Pediatric Associates Alvin Community-Based Clinics
Robertson Synthia Ortho/Trauma Nursing Services
Sanders Jerildean Ortho/Trauma Nursing Services
Tippy Denise Wynne Unit Correctional Managed Care
Urban Cindy Garza Unit Correctional Managed Care
Wiggins Michelle Huntsville Central Pharmacy Correctional Managed Care
Zavala Sylvia Pediatric Med/Surg Nursing Services
Terrazas Cynthia Acct. Payable Finance
Walker Donnie Emergency Services – Nursing Nursing Services
Reyna Angelica PICU Nursing Services


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