I recently had the opportunity to spend a day learning firsthand about the important work being done at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Beauford H. Jester III and IV Units in Richmond on March 28. I was joined by Dr. Mark Kirschbaum, chief quality, safety and clinical information officer, Dr. Owen Murray, vice president, Offender Care Services, Beverly Echols, administrative director, mental health services, Stephen Smock, associate vice president, Outpatient Offender Care Services, and Gary Eubank, associate chief nursing officer on each leg of the tour.
It was a pleasure meeting the UTMB Offender Care Services team members and learning about their roles on the units. Everyone we met along the way was proud of the work they do, and there was a tremendous sense of team spirit. The quality of care delivered to their patients is nothing short of outstanding, and it goes without saying that these individuals do it all in a unique care environment.
UTMB values are alive and well at the two Jester Units we visited, and I wanted to take a moment to recognize these outstanding teams by sharing some photos* from our tour; most importantly, I would like to thank them for their hospitality and for making a difference—excellent patient care cannot take place without compassionate, skilled individuals working together as a team!
Look for more photos in the upcoming issue of the Health System Friday Focus newsletter.
Beauford H. Jester IV Unit
The first leg of the tour began at Jester IV Unit (est. 1993), a 550-bed inpatient mental health unit. Dr. Philip Farley, chief psychiatrist and clinical director, and Andrey Vasiljev, business manager for inpatient operations, warmly welcomed us to the unit and gave us a detailed tour of the facility. We were also joined by Donald Hlavinka, mental health manager, Stephen Rogers, cluster nurse manager, Senior Warden Alphonso James, and Major Leroy Bailey. Among the many services offered at the unit are ambulatory medical, dental and inpatient mental health services and inpatient medical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Beauford H. Jester III Unit
The second half of the day, our group had the opportunity to tour the Jester III Unit (est. 1982), where ambulatory medical, dental, and mental health services are also offered around the clock, seven days a week. The unit offers rehabilitation services, including brace and limb care, wound care, occupational therapy and physical therapy and has 132 wheelchair accommodating cells along with a 12-bed assisted living infirmary. Digital medical services, electronic specialty clinics and chronic disease care are also offered. Senior Practice Manager Susan Dostal and Cluster Nurse Manager Marisol Genin guided us throughout the facility and introduced us to their team members. These individuals truly work wonders for their patients!
A very special thank you to everyone at Jester Units III & IV!
*select individuals requested to be identified only by last name