Pharmacy Customer Satisfaction Survey
annual pharmacy customer satisfaction is now available. It is an
on-line survey that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. The
survey can be found on the CMCWEB homepage under the link called
"CMC Pharmacy Survey." The survey will be available for 4 weeks and
should be completed by no later than December 31, 2013.
Please take a few minutes to evaluate the services provided by the
UTMB CMC Department of Pharmacy as it pertains to your facility. The
survey is an opportunity for you to voice your opinions, ideas, and
concerns privately. The survey cannot be traced back to an
individual and you are encouraged to participate and to be honest
with your responses. Your input is needed to identify areas that
Your time and feedback are sincerely appreciated. Thanks in
The New Accu-Chek Inform II Glucometer
(12/10/13)- Correctional Managed Care has upgraded the glucometers to the new Accu-Chek Inform II System that will soon be available at all facilities. A training course has been made available through the CLP titled “Accu-Chek Inform II Glucometer ” and is mandatory for all personnel who use this equipment. SOPs for the new system have also been made available on the CMC Homepage SOP link that can be accessed as needed.
CMC Medical Warehouse News
(12/9/13)- Please check out the updated Specification List and Vendor List now posted on our website. (CMC Homepage, Departments, Medical Warehouse) Email addresses, for our vendor reps, are provided so unit personnel can have easier access. Literature, for any item on the spec list, is available by request.
A new contact list is also posted. CCAs now have an Acquisition Specialist assigned to them for any support needed – based on their last name:
Reba White – CCAs with last name A-F
Helen Larrabee – CCAs with last name G-N
Lavonne Zaiontz – CCAs with last name O-Z
eProcurement Requestor/Buyer training classes will now be held monthly in the Computer Lab located within the West Hill Mall in Huntsville. The date for the January 2014 class will be posted on our website.
As always, we’re here to help.
CMC Purchasing Supervisor
Pharmacy Shout Outs!
(12/9/13)- Congratulations to Dr. Michelle Munch, Pharmacy Clinical Practice Specialist. She recently obtained certification as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS). Board certification in a pharmacy specialty recognizes an individual who has gained additional knowledge, experience, and skills in a defined area of pharmacy practice. Pharmacotherapy is an area of pharmacy practice that is responsible for ensuring the safe, appropriate, and economical use of drugs in patient care. The pharmacotherapy specialist has responsibility for direct patient care, functions as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and is a source of drug information for other healthcare professionals.
Currently, the Board of Pharmaceutical Specialties recognizes 8 specialty areas of pharmacy including Ambulatory Care, Critical Care, Nuclear Pharmacy, Nutrition Support Pharmacy, Oncology Pharmacy, Pediatric, Pharmacotherapy, and Psychiatric Pharmacy. Obtaining board certification requires current pharmacist licensure, completion of a PGY1 residency program or at least 3 years of practice experience with at least 50% of time spent in pharmacotherapy activities, and successfully passing a written examination. In addition, recertification is required every 7 years by either examination or continuing education. As of 2012, there were over 9,000 Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialists nationwide.
Michelle E. Munch, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Clinical Practice Specialist- Region 1
Region III, J.W. Hamilton, Jr. Facility
(12/5/13)- The Facility Management Team along with TDCJ would like to congratulate Lisa Ford, Correctional Clinical Associate at the Hamilton Facility as Employee of the Quarter. Lisa has embraced and encouraged diversity at our facility. She continues to be an example of an innovative thinker as she brings new ideas to the table. She started the “You Rock Block”, has provided several training programs for other CCAs new to a job assignment or new to UTMB/CMC. She has also been a voice for “You Count” ideas, such as the “Buddy Day” where an employee gets to tag along with a Management Team member for the day! This encourages a wider view of the total operations behind the Management Team. We are so proud of you and the constant Go-Give attitude that you have. Pictured with Lisa is Assistant Warden Schmoker, and Senior Practice Manager S.J. Abke. Thanks again Lisa for all you do!
Welcome to Correctional Managed Care
(12/5/13)- Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. Front Row (L-R): Penny Fowler (rehire), Dental Assistant/Holliday and Christen Frazier, LVN/Huntsville. Back Row (L-R): Mervin Cleveland, Mental Health Clinician/Estelle, Eldon Monk, MLP/Estelle, Delilah Simmons (rehire), Dialysis PCT/Estelle, Brenda Dyer, Stores Clerk/ Pharmacy, Beverly Johnson-Reynolds (rehire), RN/Goree and Amy Whitten, LVN/Estelle.
Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees for our latest CMA class and to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. L-R: Candi Johnson, CMA/Wynne, Megan Hill, CMA/Polunsky, Dontre’ Lowery, CMA/Pack, Pamela Wilson, CMA/Holliday and Goldie Jones, CMA/Goree.
Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. Front Row (L-R): Jamie Williams, Practice Manager/Huntsville, Leslie Dancy Administrative Secretary/Health Services, Lillian Russell CCA/Estelle, Tasha White, LVN/Estelle and Kendra Norman, Phlebotomist/Ellis. Back Row (L-R): Venis Evans, RN/Duncan, Kurtrina Dennis, Dialysis PCT/Estelle, Sharon Webster, Administrative Secretary/Health Services and Tracy May, CMA/Lewis.
Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. Front Row (L-R): Larry Winzer, LVN/Estelle, Rhonda Wills, PCT/Estelle, Jessica Haggard, PCT/Estelle, Stephanie Schuler, Medical Tech II/Estelle, and Jayne Guillory, CMA/Estelle. Back Row (L-R): Yolanda Franklin, CMA/Holliday, Melissa Clayton, CCA/Estelle, Azja Bryant, Pharmacy Tech/Pharmacy, Cory Coomer, Stores Clerk/Pharmacy, Lynn Donaldson, LVN/Diboll, and Shaniqua Rowlett, Dialysis PCT/Estelle.
Welcome to Correctional Managed Care
(12/5/13)- Please join UTMB Region I (Beeville) in welcoming our November new hires to UTMB -CMC.
November 4, 2013 hire date: (Back row left to right) - Amy Hernandez, Mental Health Clinician/Garza; Felicia-Ana Antu, LVN/McConnell; Amy Strackbein, CMA/Dominguez; Monica Atkinson, Phlebotomist II/Garza; Emelia Sharp, Dental Assistant/McConnell; Brian ODonnell, Physician II/Lopez; (front row left to right) ; Judythe McLaughlin, LVN/Lockhart; Heather Trevino, NCIII/Dominguez; Georgy Samuel, NCIII/McConnell; Shari Pell, LVN/Torres.
November 18, 2013 hire date: (Left to right) Jessica Acevedo, Mental Health Clinician/Garza; Jorge Ibarra, Jr., LVN/Lopez; LaDonia Franke, Dental Hygienist/Dominguez; Brittney Vaughn, Correctional Clinical Associate/Connally. Welcome ALL to UTMB Correctional Managed Care!
Welcome to Correctional Managed Care
(12/5/13)- Please join Gatesville, Region 1 in welcoming our recent new hires to UTMB - CMC.
Back Row L to R:
Ginger Belknap - CCA - Crain,
Pamela Booth - NCIII - Murray,
Jill Campbell - Mental Health Case Manager - Hughes
Front Row L to R: Dr. Joseph Boyle - Dentist - Hilltop/Mt. View/ Murray,
Ashley Sinyard - CMA - Crain,
Lacey Ballard - CMA - Mt. View
UTMB CMC Region 1, Gatesville would like to welcome the following new hires.
Front Row L to R: Sheena Geeslin - Dental Assistant - Hobby,
Savannah Wetzler - Mid Level Practitioner - Marlin,
Kimberly Galloway- CCA - Crain
Cynthia Basham - Facility Nurse Manager - Crain
Back: James Otto, MD - Physician II - Crain
Please join us in welcoming our new employees to UTMB - CMC, Region 1, Gatesville.
Back Row L to R: Christopher Ginn - MHC – Hobby, Justyna Bessell - MHC – Hughes, Daniel Hayes - LVN – Bartlett, Felicia Jackson - LVN - Hobby
Front Row L to R: Odette Jaimes - CMA – Hobby, Bessie Womack - LVN – Marlin, Russell Montgomery - MHC - Marlin
Welcome to Correctional Managed Care
(12/5/13)- Please join Region II – Palestine in welcoming our newest employees to Correctional Managed Care.
Back Row L-R: Leslee Gray, LVN, Coffield; Aretha Davids, LVN, Michael; Carri Cantrell, LVN, Michael.
Front Row L-R: Tammy Hampton, LVN, Skyview; Hannah Grant, Dental Assistant, Estes; Hadassah Tatum, CMA, Coffield.
Please join Region II – Palestine in welcoming our newest employees to Correctional Managed Care.
L-R: Lamon Williams, CMA, Beto; Cherie Sanchez, LVN, Hodge; LaVance Hill, CMA, Skyview.
Please join Region II – Palestine in welcoming our newest employees to Correctional Managed Care.
L-R: Steve Monyoncho, CMA, Beto; Tonya Meza, LVN, Beto; Teresa Malone, LVN, Beto; David Moore, NCIII, Skyview
Welcome to Correctional Managed Care
(12/5/13)- Please join Region 3 - Houston District Human Resource Office in welcoming these new hires to the challenging work of CMC.
11/4/13 from left - Tracey-Ann Garriques, Certified Medication Aide at Jester III, Linsley Saunders, Vocational Nurse at Darrington and Deborah Jenkins, Vocational Nurse at Darrington.
11/18/13 from left - Maria Gonzalez, Patient Care Technician at Carole Young, Ashlee Hall, Patient Care Technician at Carole Young, Elena DeJesus, Dental Assistant at Jester III, Dianna Johnson, Vocational Nurse at Lychner, Sherida Watson-Thierry, Patient Care Technician at Carole Young, Abayomi Ogunwomoju, Vocational Nurse at Stringfellow and Jameca Greer, Certified Medication Aide at CT Terrell.
12/2/13 from left – Rasidat Adedapo-Jimoh, Nurse Clinician at Carole Young, Tuesday Sowers, Nurse Clinician at Stringfellow, Tammy Souter, Mid Level Provider at Jester IV, Ijeoma Uwadoka, Nurse Clinician at Jester III and Wycliff Fawibe, Nurse Clinician at CT Terrell.
Welcome to Correctional Managed Care
(12/5/13)- Please join UTMB- CMC, Region III - Beaumont in welcoming our recent rehires for the Stiles and Gist Units on 12/2/2013:
L-R: Donna Russo, Clinical Educator- Gist; Melinda Ross, NC III- Stiles; Staci Viator, NC III- Stiles
SCHEDULED PRS OUTAGE 12/3/2013
(12/2/13)- There will be a scheduled outage of the PRS system from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Please notify all PRS users.
New Link to the Living Well Health Assessment Portal
(12/2/13)- The Employee Health Program would like to present a new, permanent link to the Living Well Health Assessment Portal. The link is located on this page, in the left margin navigator menu, (just below the CMC Offsite Inpatient Census link).
(11/27/13)- As Thanksgiving approaches, we wanted to take a moment to express our thanks for all that our CMC employees do each and every day. As we have recently emerged from the legislative session with another 2 year renewal of the contract and pay raises for all employees, it is apparent that we have so much to be thankful for. However, we are truly thankful for the employees that work to complete our mission at the units and in support roles. Working with the inmate population can be a challenge at times, but our staff continues to provide the best healthcare possible.
We hope that you and your family have a truly happy and safe Thanksgiving and take a moment to remember all the blessings in our lives.
CMC Senior Leadership:
The Austin Telehub Sends Greetings and a Friendly Reminder that November is Men's Cancer Awareness Month aka “Movember”
(11/27/13)- We are sporting mustaches and goatees in recognition of this important and sometimes overlooked health issue. Movember's intent is to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, with the goal of reducing the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember encourages adopting an healthier lifestyle Pictured Karola White MD, Tim McGlasson DNP, Gary Morton MD, Jude Forbes FNP, PMHNP, James McDonald DNP, Mark Warren PA Not pictured: Ohiana Torrealday PhD, Liz McGinnis P-CNS, Shani Alam MD.
Ellen Halbert Unit ACA, October 28 – 30, 2013
(11/27/13)- On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, the Ellen Halbert SAFPF unit, in Burnet, Texas completed their ACA audit, with an over-all unit score on folders, of 99.05% for non-mandatory, & 100% for mandatory. The non-mandatory score (99.05%) includes 4 TDCJ folders that are non-compliant, due to the structure of our facility. Medical scored 100% on all folders, mandatory & non-mandatory. Because the facility is a six-month, Intake, SAFPF program, it presents unique challenges for document gathering & sample selection. Halbert’s entire staff, both on-site & remote, are to be commended for their efforts, cooperation, professionalism & success! The medical auditor was impressed with the organization & the cleanliness of the clinic, and the methods & processes by which so few serve so many, within the contractual terms.
Halbert staff would like to say a special thank you to Ms. Teri Smith & Ms. Valencia Pollard for their pre-audit assistance & guidance. In the weeks just prior to the audit, they provided very helpful feedback on preparations & ‘hot buttons’. Also instrumental in these results were Ms. Angie Buro, Ms. Eileen Roberts & Ms. Kim McLearen. A share of the excellent results belongs to each of these ladies.
The Halbert on-site staff also appreciates the support shown by the Region I team members: Dr. Scott Reinecke, Mr. Joe Simental, MH; Dr. Susan Morris, & Mr. Earl Jarrett, who visited the unit during the audit.
The successful audit is the result of each & every Halbert staff member doing their jobs, day in & day out, and medical staff working hard to make the medical department a professional, patient-oriented operation. We thank all of you for your dedication. We would like to recognize a special group of people who provided leadership above & beyond the daily norms: Ms. Amy Sethman, CCA, Ms. Trudy Collier, CCA; Ms. Robyn Rodriguez, RN; Ms. Patricia Tisdell, RDA; Robert Finch, DDS; & Mr. Craig Manning, MHM. Those who lead by example, and step up when needed, provide inspiration for all.
Congratulations & Thank you, to everyone who helped achieve these outstanding results!
Salute to the Stars
(11/27/13)- The Mental Health Rewards & Recognition Committee for Region 3 rolled out the red carpet for a MH Training Day on Wednesday, November 6. As staff entered the Jester Clubhouse, they were introduced to stardom along the Mental Health Walk of Fame. Each staff person submitted positive words for their colleagues and these were written on stars with the colleagues’ name. Dr. Penn gave a presentation on DSM 5 and what things have changed from the DSM-IV. Doris Osei, President of the Ft. Bend National Alliance on Mental Illness, gave an overview of NAMI and what they have to offer and Bob Scott, Senior Workforce Consultant, presented on “Dealing with Difficult People or When You Feel Like You Fell Into a Reality TV Show.” Prior to the event, the MH R & R Committee asked for nominations from staff for the annual awards. This year the Region 3 staff submitted a total of 36 nominations…and the awards went to: Servant Leader - Tonya Campbell, Senior MH Manager. In Spite Of – Cecil Stimits, MH Manager, Luther/Pack/Hamilton, Above & Beyond – Rita Olfers, MH Clinician, Jester I, Creative Therapy – Donna Conner, MH Manager, Carole Young, Rising Star – Cynthia Plemons, MH Clinician, Stiles, and Meritorious Achievement – Tracy Martinez, Jester I. Finally, Donna Conner, MH Manager at the Carole Young Facility, was named mental health person of the year for the entire region.
This year’s training day was a wonderful time of learning, celebrating achievements, and showing appreciation for colleagues. A big thanks goes out to the members of the Rewards and Recognition Committee, as well as to Tonya Campbell, Senior Mental Health Manager, who all worked very hard to make this day come together!
Region III, O.L. Luther Facility
(11/27/13)- The O.L. Luther Facility would like to announce the selected Employee of the Month for November, Quintesha Ford, Vocational Nurse. Quintesha is an example of professional conduct and quality of care as she has the utmost presence of confidentiality and concern for her patients. She is our Chronic Infectious Disease Nurse that goes beyond the call of duty on a regular basis to not only provide the services of her respective CID duties but also helps others in the needs of our patient population. Thank you Quintesha, as you are always being a help to others and being an example of how to serve our patient population. Quintesha is pictured with her supervisor, Norma Mason, Nurse Manager.
HealthCare Systems Staffing (HCSS)
(11/27/13)- As you may be aware HealthCare Systems Staffing (HCSS) will be providing vendor management services for all of our nursing and allied health (PT & OT) agency vendors. Please note our processes for Locum Tenants will remain unchanged from current procedures. HCSS will begin the process to capture these vendors into their system on 11/9/13. Below is the current timeframes for vendor capture.
- § Accountable Healthcare Staffing – (11/09/2013)
- § Advanced Health Ed Cntr DBA – Medrelief - (11/23/2013)
- § Capstone Personnel - (11/23/2013)
- § CHG Medical Staffing DBA Foundation Medical Staffing - (11/23/2013)
- § Quest Staffing Group - (11/23/2013)
- § UltraStaff - (11/23/2013)
- § Amedistaf DBA The Right Solution - (12/07/2013)
- § Maxim Healthcare Services - (12/07/2013)
- § Millenia Medical Services - (12/07/2013)
- § Supplemental Healthcare Services- (12/07/2013)
- § Advantage on call - __TBD_______
With this vendor capture process the reporting of your agency staff timesheets will be changed on the dates noted above. Agency timesheets will then be reported to HCSS as detailed below and in attached document. It is important to note this time capture process will be phased in over the next 30 days with final capture of all agency vendors by 12/7/13. So unit staff may have two agency time reporting processes occurring at the same time during this transition period; the one noted below as well as our current agency time capture process (timesheets are approved by our nurse manager and are then submitted to their respective agency vendor by the agency nurse) depending on their respective capture date by HCSS.
How is time keeping for clinical contract employees handled through HCSS?
- § HCSS will provide each contract worker with an employee ID. This ID must be included on the
HCSS Kronos Time Form to ensure proper handling.
- § Contract employees will record their hours worked and leave completed timesheets with the
CMC nurse manager at their assigned facility for processing.
- § CMC nurse managers will be responsible for submitting approved timesheets to Lisa Kane,
HCSS administrative specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org for loading into Kronos.
- § Timesheets must be received no later than 10 a.m. each Friday. Timesheets for those working from 10 a.m. on Friday to Saturday morning must be submitted by 10 a.m. on payroll Monday.
- § Practice Managers must sign off the agency time in Kronos at approximately 12 p.m. each Monday (both payroll and non-payroll weeks) upon entry by Lisa Kane. Agencies will be provided weekly reports so their agency staff can continue to get paid weekly. If Lisa Kane will not have time entry completed by 12 p.m. on Mondays , she will send out an e-mail to the practice managers informing them. She will then send out an e-mail when completed so the Kronos time can then be signed off.
It is important to note that our deadline for submission of agency timesheets to Lisa is 10am. This will allow Lisa 2 hours to complete the Kronos entry of agency time (10am-12pm).
(11/27/13)- In June of 2012 Mr. Dalecki, Region II Operations Manager, started a pilot project called the CCA League. This was an opportunity to volunteer for something that would ultimately help the CCA’s as a work group. There are currently chapters in the Huntsville and the Tennessee Colony area. A project we have been working on is a book of SOPs for new CCA’s employed in the system. There are so many things to learn that this would be a great teaching tool for anyone new on a unit to use as a quick reference guide. It will also be a great cross training reference for anyone learning a new position. We are hopeful that there will be positive feedback from this project and an opportunity to provide further teaching and training in the future. I hope to see chapters in many more areas in the years to come and get to know the motivated individuals who will be a part of our league. I am honored to be a part of such an awesome group of people.
Sandy Baker, President, Tennessee Colony CCA Chapter
Stringfellow Medical Department - BOO-tiful and SPOOK-tacular
(11/27/13)- The Stringfellow Medical Department shared their creative ideas with foods that were given scary titles. Not even the rain could stop our Halloween luncheon. The break room was changed into an atmosphere of the Halloween spirit. The whole medical department enjoyed a meal that put us back into our youthful years. The menu consisted of the following:
Zombie Snot Dip w/ fingernails, Kitty Litter Cake, Brain Dip with Bat Wings, Bat Droppings Cobbler, Spider Web brownies and Monster toes, Zombie eyeballs w/ intestinal salad, San-Witches, Ghost Slime, The Blob, Happy Ghost Cookies, Worm Salad , Witches Fingers, Bloody Nubs
We all returned to our spaces with full stomachs and uplifted spirits. The gathering was described as BOO-tiful and SPOOK-tacular.
Congratulations Cleveland Unit on an ACA reaccreditation score of 100%
(11/26/13)- Cleveland Rocks! Cleveland, Texas that is……. The Facility Management Team wishes to recognize and thank those employees who were instrumental in assisting with the ACA reaccreditation score of 100% for the Cleveland Unit completed 11/20/13. The UTMB-CMC team has worked hard in preparing for the audit. The score and the many compliments from the auditors and the GEO staff illustrate the team work, dedication and knowledge exhibited by the staff. This is the second consecutive 100% score for the unit. Cleveland Rocks!
Thanks to the following employees for their assistance in the reaccreditation process!
Pictured (from left to right): Monique Rains, CMA; Cathy Davis, RN; Denise Church, CCA; Josephine Hayes, LVN; Patricia Kendrick, LVN; and Karen Sutton, CCA.
Not pictured Amy Scott, RDA; Katherine May, CCA; and Eileen Roberts, UTMB CMC ACA Coordinator.
Kathy Georgi’s Retirement Celebration—Jester IV
(11/26/13)- Jester IV hosted a retirement celebration in honor of Ms. Kathy Georgi, CCA, last week on November 20, 2013.
After 19 years of collective service with both UTMB and TDCJ, Ms. Georgi is retiring to spend some quality time with her grandchildren and may do some part-time work as well. Ms. Georgi contributed to the overall operations at Jester IV in countless ways, but medical and office supply procurement was her primary focus. Over the years she has supported and befriended many staff members and will be missed by all.
Kathy’s last day is on Wednesday, November 27th. We thank her for invaluable support and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
1st picture - Ms. Georgi at with her cake at her retirement celebration.
2nd picture - Andrey Vasiljev, Business Manager; Kathy Georgi, CCA; Philip Farley, MD, Clinical Director
3rd picture - Ms. Georgi and some Jester IV team members
Newly-elected EAC Members Announced
(11/26/13)- Congratulations to newly-elected Employee Advisory Council (EAC) members. They are:
- Frank Valliulis, representing Institutional Support staff
- Kevin Moore, representing Correctional Managed Care employees
- Susanne Johnston, representing the Academic Enterprise, and
- Souby George, representing Hospital and Clinic staff
Thank you to all of the nominees and voters.
UTMB-CMC Radiology Quarterly CE Class, Friday December 13
(11/25/13)- Click here to view the Radiology CE details.
HCV Provider Inservice Posted on the CMC Provider Homepage
(11/25/13)-- The HCV Provider Inservice presentation has been posted on the CMC Provider Homepage. All providers are encouraged to review the document. If you were unable to attend the webinar on November 19, there will be one more opportunity to view the webinar on December 4, 2013, at 2:00pm.
Subject: Mandatory HCV In-service. “Update on Recent Changes to the Hepatitis C Policy and What the Primary Care Provider Should Know.”
When: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 2:00-3:00 pm
Where: Conference call and webinar
Teleconference Number: 1-626-677-3000
Participant Code: 5652042
Web Conference Details:
You must join both the conference call by phone and the online presentation via the web.
To join the online meeting:
- Go to the Adobe Connect Link. Please use the date sensitive link below:
- You must sign-in to the chat box and enter your full name and unit of assignment (e.g. John Smith Wynne).
If you have problems the day of the webinar, please call 936-437-5300.
It's time to vote for your Employee Advisory Council members!
The election is open from November 4-22, 2013
(11/21/13)- This The election to replace four Employee Advisory Council members, who have completed their commitment to the council, is in progress till November 22nd. To place your vote, click on the link: www.utmb.edu/OLT/Login.asp
One representative will be elected from each of the following entities: Academic Enterprise; Correctional Managed Care; Institutional Support; and Hospitals and Clinics.
CMC candidates include Kevin Moore and Pinkee Patel. Please visit the EAC blog at http://blogs.utmb.edu/eac/?page_id=614 to learn more about the candidates and the EAC.
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).
The UTMB Employee Advisory Council (EAC) exists to foster bi-directional communication and dialog for all Classified staff, Administrative & Professional (A&P) positions, and 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).
Great American Smokeout
(11/18/13)- This year, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 21.
The event, marking its 38th anniversary, promotes efforts to help smokers kick the habit. It is an opportunity to join the thousands of people across Texas and the United States who will quit
tobacco use for 24 hours.
By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life. Though quitting is hard, you can increase your chances of success with help. The Commit to Quit (CTQ) program, which is offered at no cost to UTMB employees, is available to assist you with a plan of action to quit smoking.
The purpose of the CTQ program is to provide appropriate interventions to individuals based on their readiness to change their tobacco use. The program follows the Clinical Practice Guidelines on Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence and utilizes specific strategies grounded in the Relapse Prevention Model.
Patrice Houston, a certified tobacco treatment specialist, is available to collaborate with you to tailor a plan of action to meet your needs based on your readiness at the time you contact the CTQ program. Program assistance may be delivered regardless of your location using telephonic and/or email correspondence. Whether you smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products, please contact Patrice at (409) 747-5324 or email@example.com to begin a journey toward a healthier, tobacco-free lifestyle.
FLU SEASON HAS BEGUN
(11/16/13) - The most recent information on influenza from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the 2013-2014 influenza season has started. Therefore, healthcare workers and other employees who have patient contact and who have not been immunized with the influenza vaccine for the 2013-2014 must start wearing surgical masks while at work beginning Monday, November 18, 2013.
Vaccinated healthcare workers and other employees who have patient contact must wear their "Flu Free 2013-2014" badge cards to indicate they have received the influenza vaccine. If you have direct patient contact and are not wearing the "Flu Free 2013-2014" badge card, you will be asked to wear a mask, even if you received the vaccine.
Staff failing to comply with masking requirements must be reported to their supervisor and HR should be notified immediately.
System-wide Deployment of
Pearl 7.1 is on schedule for
November 18, 2013
(11/15/13) - The remaining training session for Pearl 7.1 for Inpatient Facilities is this evening from 1800 to 1900 hrs.
All sessions are conducted via telephone conference call and Adobe Connect WebEx computer session.
Inpatient/Infirmary training session: 11/15/2013 from 1800 to 1900 hrs.
Conference Line: 1-626-677-3000
https://emedia.utmb.edu/webex enter as a GUEST.
If you have any questions, please contact Paula Mason or