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CMC PEARL EMR and PRS Outage

(9/18/14) - CMC PEARL EMR and PRS Outage: Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the CMC PEARL EMR (TJJD AND TDCJ), PRS system, and all ancillary applications will be down for maintenance. 

Please notify all staff and make the necessary preparations.


Town Hall Video and Presentation Now Available for Viewing

(9/26/14) - The Town Hall video and presentation given by UTMB President David Callender on September 18th is now available for viewing on the Town Hall web page http://www.utmb.edu/townhall/.   A special video link is available for CMC users, http://wmedia.utmb.edu/OUA/Lectures/TownHall9-18-14.wmv.  Questions that were submitted and responses are listed below.

Click here to view the entire article.


Welcome to Correctional Managed Care

(9/26/14) - Please join us in welcoming the following new employees to UTMB CMC, Region 1 Gatesville. L to R: Judith Smith - CCA - Crain, Rachael Marmolejo - LVN - Hughes

Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. Top Row: Jason Allen, CCA/PECC and Eddie Summers, Correctional Dentist/Polunsky. Middle Row: Suzannah Partida Wiley EMT/PECC and Ana Jimenez, LVN/Hamilton. Bottom Row: Donnette Craine, PCT/Estelle, Misty Johnston, Dialysis PCT/CMC Dialysis Estelle and Cam Kiln Evasco, RN/CMC Dialysis Estelle.

Please join UTMB – CMC Region II – Palestine in welcoming our newest employees to Correctional Managed Care. L-R:  Tiffany Walker, CMA, Powledge; Fredia Purifoy, LVN, Michael.

Please join UTMB- CMC, Region III - Beaumont in welcoming our newest employees hired on 9/20/2014. (L-R) Abbi Deshotel, Mental Health Clinician, Stiles; Maria Melchor Chavez, Dental Assistant, Plane; and Joshua Loflin, Mental health Clinician, Stiles.


Senior Leadership Update

(9/22/14) - As CMC begins a new fiscal year this month, we continue to see many new initiatives being undertaken in an effort to improve workflow processes and efficiencies in our operations. From Bedwatch to the dashboard to the new LEAN initiatives, the use of our EMR technology and IT resources to better manage workflow for the front-line staff is becoming a common theme. Like the EMR that CMC developed 10 years ago (before many free world facilities were even using EMRs), CMC continues to be a front runner in correctional health care. We should all be proud of this rich history of innovation and we look forward to continuing this trend.

Click here to view the entire article.


Fifth LEAN Six Sigma Learning Module Posted on CLP

(9/18/14) - As many of our CMC staff are aware, we have had a small multidisciplinary group of staff embarking on the Lean Six Sigma journey over the last 6 months. In addition to having additional staff go through formal training, we would like to disseminate the information we have learned in our classes to the rest of the organization as an introduction to Lean Six Sigma methods and tools. Providing this information will enable all to use some of the more common tools to solve unit based problems in a more methodical and data driven manner.

Effective Thursday, September 18, a learning module entitled “Getting Better:
Using Lean Six Sigma to Improve Performance in  Correctional Managed Care--MODULE 5: The Improve Phase” will be available on the Computer Learning Portal.  This module covers the Improve Phase in the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC framework. Please take a chance to review this information at your leisure.

We have now posted 5 learning modules to date, and we expect to provide a 6th module, which will cover the Control Phase, before the end of October 2014.


CMC PEARL EMR and PRS Outage

(9/18/14) - CMC PEARL EMR and PRS Outage: Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the CMC PEARL EMR (TJJD AND TDCJ), PRS system, and all ancillary applications will be down for maintenance. 

Please notify all staff and make the necessary preparations.


Welcome to Correctional Managed Care

(9/18/14) - Please join UTMB- CMC, Region III - Beaumont in welcoming our newest employee hired on 9/8/2014  for the Dayton Complex.

Brenda Geegan, Mid Level Practitioner


Roundings at GV Area Facilities

(9/18/14) - All area facilities received a visit and update session with Stephanie Zepeda, Director of Pharmacy and Kelly Coates, Associate Vice President, Clinical Support Services on August 5th and 6th .   The staff enjoyed asking them questions and or voicing concerns.   If they do not have the answer, they research it and always provide a timely and much appreciated response.  The following employees were recognized for their outstanding performance. Click here to view the entire article.


TODAY: Dr. Callender to Host Town Hall Meeting

(9/18/14) - Please join President David Callender for the next UTMB Town Hall meeting at noon today in Levin Hall Auditorium. Dr. Callender will outline the institution’s major goals for the new fiscal year, welcome new leaders to UTMB and announce year-end financial results. Please plan to attend Dr. Callender’s Town Hall, either in person, online or via the campus TV network. The meeting will include a Q & A session.
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 we’ll post questions and answers to the Town Hall website.

  1. Click on the “Submit a Question” link on the Town Hall website (option on Employee Advisory Council blog to remain anonymous).
  2. Or, 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:
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 vpleasan@utmb.edu or the ISVO Control Room at (409) 747-9037 to ensure and confirm video connectivity for the actual event.


2014–15 Flu Free Vaccination Program for UTMB CMC Employees

(9/16/14) - UTMB offers free flu shots to its employees to help prevent the spread of seasonal influenza.  As a condition of continued employment, all health care workers must get an annual flu shot or formally decline the vaccination by signing the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Declination Statement. If an employee receives a flu shot at a facility outside of UTMB, the employee must provide his/her supervisor or departmental flu champion with proof of vaccination.

This UTMB requirement applies to anyone who provides direct patient care, enters patient rooms, works in clinics and/or comes within six feet of patients in the course of his or her duties. Health care workers who do not receive the flu vaccine will be required to wear a mask in view at all times when providing patient care or when they are within 6 feet of patients for the duration of the flu season.  All other employees are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, unless prohibited for medical reasons.

Dates, times, and location of vaccination events will be determined by each unit’s management team.     All flu vaccinations must be completed by no later than October 31, 2014. 

New hires: Flu vaccination must also be offered to all newly hired employees for the entire duration of the flu season.  The same process and documentation should be followed for new hires.

For more information on this year’s Flu Free vaccination program and the benefits of getting a flu shot, see the documents listed below.

Documentation:  The facility management team (or designated staff and the flu champion) must ensure all required paperwork is complete by October 31, 2014. 

  • Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Injectable Consent – This form must be completed by all employees being vaccinated.  Once complete, all original employee forms must be mailed to the UTMB Employee Health Clinic.
  • Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Declination Statement - This form must be completed by all healthcare workers that decline the vaccine.  Once complete, all original employee forms must be mailed to the UTMB Employee Health Clinic.
  • Flu Free 2014-2015 badge – This badge should be issued to the employee at the time of vaccination or when proof of vaccination is provided.  It must be worn at all times for the entire duration of the flu season.
  • PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) Health Card – PeopleSoft will be used to electronically document that the flu vaccine was administered, declined, or was obtained outside UTMB.  This must be done for all employees.

Completed original paperwork (Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Injectable Consent and Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Declination Statement) must be emailed or mailed to the UTMB Employee Health Center:

EmployeeHealth.clinic@UTMB.edu

or

UTMB Employee Health Clinic         
Primary Care Pavilion
Suite 125
400 Harborside Dr.
Galveston, TX 77555 - 1161

Compliance: Although problems aren’t anticipated, it is important to know that the University takes this issue seriously and that disciplinary action will be taken if employees don’t follow procedures.  The UTMB Office of Epidemiology determines when flu season begins and ends each year. Staff will be notified when the flu season begins and flu precautions must be followed.  Once vaccinated (by UTMB or outside UTMB), staff must wear the “Flu Free 2014-2015” badge in full view at all times until the end of the flu season.  Those who did not receive the flu vaccine must wear masks in patient care areas or areas within six feet of any patients. Those who fail to wear the badge in full view must also wear a mask.

To obtain additional flu vaccine and Flu Free 2014-2015 badges:
Name:            Mary Beth Tuttle
                      Pharmacy Supervisor
Phone:            (936) 437-5357
Email:             mbtuttle@utmb.edu


Kudos to the Telford Staff

(9/11/14) - On August 28, 2014 there was a major automobile accident right outside of the highway gate at the Telford facility involving one of our own officers.  Several of our own Medical staff responded to the accident as soon as notified. Kudos to Donna Brooks, LVN; Melody Hill, LVN;  Barbara Jones, LVN;  Janet Moreland, MLP; Laurie Stiger, MLP; Christye Burleson, RN;  and Donnie Whitworth, CMA, for responding to the accident as soon as notified.  

Major Alexander and our Wardens at Telford wants everyone to know how much the Medical response was appreciated.  The Major reported Medical did a wonderful job and Officer Wainright is recovering from his injuries.  Thanks to all who assisted in any way.


Hilltop Employee of the Quarter

(9/10/14) - Congratulations to Susan Sellman for being selected as Hilltop's employee of the quarter for the third quarter of FY14.  Ms. Sellman is dedicated to ensuring the dental clinics at both the Hilltop and Mt. View facilities are in tip top shape at all times.  She is always willing to assist in the clinic in any way that she can.  Her positive attitude, extensive knowledge of dental policies and procedures, and dedication to excellence make her a valued member of the Hilltop and Mt. View teams! 

Pictured above: Susan Sellman and Dr. Joseph Boyle


Welcome To Correctional Managed Care

(9/10/14) - Please join us in welcoming Kalena Smith Fulwiley, Mental Health Clinician, for the Crain Unit to UTMB CMC Region I Gatesville.

(9/10/14) - Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. Top Row: Victor Cavazos, Radiologic Technologist/Estelle and Mary White, Dietitian/CMC Dialysis Estelle. Middle Row: Sally Matthews, LVN/Luther, Sheneice Price, CMA/Estelle and Mary Laningham, CMA/Ferguson. Bottom Row: Misty Cockerham, LVN/Ellis, Yurubi Garcia Chavez, PCT/Estelle and Shauntee Martinez, Dialysis PCT/Estelle.

(9/10/14) - Please join UTMB Region I (Beeville) in welcoming our August 25th & September 8th, 2014 new hires to UTMB - CMC.  (L-R) Yesia Gutierrez, Dental Assistant - Travis;  Custodio Valencia, LVN Travis; Margaret Gonzales, LVN -Cotulla; Norma Garcia, CMA  Torres; Delia Caballero, CCA – McConnell Unit; Veronica Herrera, CMA - Travis.  Welcome All to UTMB – Correctional Managed Care! 

(9/10/14) - Please join UTMB – CMC Region II – Palestine in welcoming our newest employees to Correctional Managed Care.

Back Row:  Roxanne Culberson, LVN, Hutchins; Patricia Anglea, MLP, Skyview; June Flowers, CMA, Beto; Sharon Covington, LVN, Hodge. Front Row:  Carol Pinkerton, CCA, Telford; Jamey Anderson, CCA, C. Moore.


CMC Summer Conference - Provider Breakout

(9/8/14) - The Provider Breakout Session at the recently concluded CMC Summer Conference was a huge success.

The talks and presenters were carefully selected for their relevance to primary care practice. All the presenters were experts in their fields and did an excellent job incorporating evidence based medicine and current standards of care with their presentations.

Thanks to those who have completed and sent in their survey responses.

For those who are yet to complete and send in their survey responses, I strongly encourage you to do so at your earliest convenience. We rely on your feedback and comments to continually improve on the quality of the presentations.  Below are the PowerPoint presentations as well as the breakout agenda, speaker names and their bios.

Sincerely, Olugbenga B. Ojo, MD

CMC Conference Provide Breakout Agenda

CMC Conference Provide Breakout Speakers

Snycope: What to do when you fall head over heart

Atrial Fibrillation: New Wave Fronts in an Old Disease

Recognition of TB and Treatment of TB in the Correctional Setting

Acute Red Eye & Ocular Emergencies for the Primary Care Provider

Morbidity and Mortality Review/Primary Care Neurosurgery

Rheumatology 101 for Primary Care Providers


Welcome To Correctional Managed Care

(9/8/14) - Please join Region II – Palestine in welcoming our newest employees to Correctional Managed Care.

L-R:  Toni Deer, PA, Powledge; Kimberly Coborn, CCA, Michael.

(9/8/14) - Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. Top row: Richard Tracy, Physician/Diboll and Vance Marcum, MH Clinician/Byrd. Next row: Megan Kulak, MH Case Manager/Estelle, Levi Jones, Stores Clerk/Archives and Jackline Cook, RN/Estelle. Next row: Teresa Breedlove, LVN/Ferguson, Heddi Bonham, Acquisition Specialist/CMC Warehouse and Kimberly Priddy, LVN/Duncan. Bottom row: Chuks Mazi, LVN/Estelle, Cyeadra Munson, PCT/Estelle, Jeneen Lavergne, CMA/Holliday and Barbara Smith, LVN/Polunsky.


** Upcoming Educational Lunch and Learn Program **

(9/5/14) - Sponsored by:  UTMB CMC Virology Department & TEXAS/OKLAHOMA AIDS  EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTER
   “ The NEW Basics in the Management of HIV & HCV in Corrections ”

** CEUs have been approved for: CME, and CNE **
Designation Statements
CME Certification:
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
 
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
        
Physicians can be awarded up to 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per session.
CNE Accreditation:
University of Texas Medical Branch Continuing Nursing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This activity provides 1.0 contact hour.

Date:  September 23, 2014
Time:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Speaker: Jessica Khan, MD
Clinical Virology Directory, UTMB CMC
Dr. Jessica Khan specializes in Infectious Disease Medicine, and is certified in both Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine.

Format::  Levin Hall in Galveston or via TeleHealth

Program Overview:
Objectives: After attending the presentation the participant should be able to

  • conduct a comprehensive initial evaluation of HIV infected patients entering corrections, and patients newly diagnosed including crucial interview information, basic labs, Opportunistic Infections prophylaxis, and vaccinations.
  • demonstrate knowledge of medications used in the treatment of HIV  and their potential drug interactions, and side effects.
  • conduct a comprehensive initial evaluation of patients infected with Hepatitis C entering Corrections, and patients newly diagnosed including crucial interview information, treatment medications, and basic labs.
  • demonstrate understanding of the referral guidelines for HIV & HCV patients in the correctional setting.
Please join us to update your skills in treating HIV and HCV infected patients. Click here to view the flyer.

ANNOUNCEMENT OF DEPLOYMENT OF PEARL 7.1, PATCH 2

(9/5/14) - Please inform all users that Patch 2 for Pearl 7.1 will be deployed Sunday September 14th.  The changes in Patch 2 that will affect the users are as follows:

  1. When going back and forth between Note Builder and the Roster screen on an infirmary facility, the selected patient will remain the same.
  2. If a patient has reminders greater than 2 years old, the ARCHIVE button will be displayed.  Currently, only the archived reminders at the logged-on facility are displayed.  With Patch 2, archived reminders from all facilities will be displayed.
  3. The ability to print from screens with grids, i.e., labs, roster, problems, etc. will be restored.
  4. Completed reminders will display the actual date the procedure was done rather than the date the reminder was completed.
  5. The NOW button on the medication order screen will be renamed to START TODAY.
  6. When reminders are imported, the name of the To Do User will be removed.
  7. When a user returns to the Patient Summary screen after being in Note Builder, the grids will refresh so the user can see any newly added data.
  8. When user checks a patient out, the Current Reminders screen will display so users can complete/update reminders as necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact the CMC Helpdesk at 409-772.-5200 or cmc.helpdesk@utmb.edu.
IS CMC TECH OPS


Manufacturer Drug Shortage – Engerix B 20 mcg/ml, 1 ml Vials

(9/5/14) - There is a current manufacturer shortage of Engerix B 20 mcg/ml, 1 ml vials.  There is no estimated availability date.  Effective immediately, no new orders for Engerix B 20 mcg/ml, 1 ml vials will be allowed.  Alternatively, Engerix B 20 mcg/ml syringes have been added to the EMR.  To prevent rework and assist providers, Pharmacy staff will obtain a verbal order from Senior Medical Director, Dr. Susan Morris, to convert UTMB patients to the syringe dosage form as existing orders auto renew.    For the Texas Tech Sector, Dr. Denise DeShields, Executive Medical Director, will provide verbal orders.  There are currently 1900 active orders for the Engerix B 20 mcg/ml, 1 ml vials.  Special thanks to Dr. Morris and Dr. DeShields for their assistance! 


SENIOR LEADERSHIP UPDATE

S Ferrara(9/3/14) - My name is Sandra Ferrara and I am the director of Youth Services for CMC. I began my career in correctional health care in July of 1982. Like many of you, I knew little about correctional health care when I assumed my first position, and yet here I am 32 years later! I was privileged to join the UTMB team in 1995 during CMC’s first year of operation. It has been a challenging career and I have enjoyed it very much, largely due to the fantastic people I have had the opportunity to work with. For those of you who were unable to attend our annual CMC Conference in Houston last month, I’ll begin my update with some highlights of the meeting.

CMC Conference Highlights
We received very positive feedback regarding the format and content of the Conference. Of course, the high point of the meeting was the presentation of awards to several of our deserving colleagues.

 

  • Dr. Danny Adams and Dr. Glenda Adams have officially retired, but we are all excited to know that they will continue to be a part of CMC, albeit in different roles. They both have contributed so much to CMC that it is difficult to find adequate words of appreciation, although many kind sentiments were expressed by Dr. Murray and others as the two honorees were presented their “Correctional Rocking Chairs.” Dr. Raimer presented them with flags that were flown over the Capitol in their honor as he read official proclamations recognizing their service. We all wish them the very best!
  • Jason Chavers and Paul Brown presented “Good Samaritan Awards” to nurses Christina Miles and Tammie Rogers from the Polunsky Unit for service above and beyond the call of duty in saving the life of a correctional officer who was involved in a motorcycle accident after leaving the unit.
  • Dr. Lannette Linthicum, TDCJ’s medical director, gave special recognition to Denee Robison and Beth Pipkin for remaining with and comforting an offender in the final hours before his execution, pointing out that such an act of kindness represented service above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Employee Recognition Awards in eight categories were also presented. A listing of the nominees and winners for all award categories will soon be posted on the CMC website. Be sure to take a look and express your congratulations to your peers for their outstanding service.

UTMB Health System VP and Chief Operating Officer Deborah McGrew provided an executive update for Conference attendees. She voiced appreciation to the staff at the units she has visited for the work that they do. She promised to continue making unit visits in the coming months.

Dr. Ben Raimer and Lauren Sheer provided an informative legislative update, reminding us that the 84th Legislative Session begins in January. There will be significant changes in legislative leadership and thus committee membership, adding additional challenges to what promises to be an interesting session. If you personally know a legislator, please let Lauren know, as personal contacts are helpful. UTMB has always recognized the value of our most important resource—our staff—and that recognition is demonstrated once again by a legislative plan to request resources to recruit and retain the best workforce for CMC.

Updates for several CMC departments and initiatives also were presented, including news from Technical Operations, Human Resources, disaster preparedness, LEAN, Nursing Services, Mental Health Services, Pharmacy (specifically hepatitis C treatment), TJJD Youth Services, and Hospital Galveston. A special thanks to Dr. Olugbenga Ojo for showing an inspirational video from the Cleveland Clinic that reminded us all that our patients—no matter their walk in life—have their own story and related feelings and should be treated the same way we would want to be treated.

Dr. Murray introduced Jesse Seelbach as our new director of CMC Technical Operations. He also announced the appointment of Dr. Jane Moultrie as CMC’s first Chief Medical Information Officer. In her new role, Dr. Moultrie will be a welcome representative and voice for health care providers as information technology advances.

Dr. Murray announced that he is planning to hold two CMC conferences each year, one in February and another in August. Your suggestions for the meeting agendas will be appreciated. Please send your ideas to your department leader.

ePerformance
Congratulations to all of you for successfully completing your ePerformance evaluations. CMC did very well with on-time completion.

Time Clock Update
Time clocks are installed and in operation. They are receiving mixed reviews, but almost everyone is getting accustomed to this important new process that will improve the accuracy of compensation and timekeeping. So please continue your efforts.

Electronic Medical Records
Planned for implementation in September is the electronic transfer of TJJD medical records to TDCJ when youth are transferred to the “Big House.” This will reduce the time and effort expended in obtaining the youths’ records and improve continuity of care. Records will be available to providers at the time of their intake at TDCJ. Thanks to Dr. Ohiana Torrealday for taking the lead with this project.

In closing, CMC has had a productive and successful FY2014 thanks to you! As CMC leaders move forward to meet the certain challenges of FY 2015, we are both encouraged and proud to know that we have a great team capable of meeting those challenges and ensuring another successful year. Thank you for the incredible work that you do on a daily basis.

Sandra Ferrara, RN, MBA


Fourth LEAN Six Sigma Learning Module Posted on CLP

(9/3/14) - As many of our CMC staff are aware, we have had a small multidisciplinary group of staff embarking on the Lean Six Sigma journey over the last 6 months. In addition to having additional staff go through formal training, we would like to disseminate the information we have learned in our classes to the rest of the organization as an introduction to Lean Six Sigma methods and tools. Providing this information will enable all to use some of the more common tools to solve unit based problems in a more methodical and data driven manner.

Effective Wednesday, September 3, a learning module entitled “Getting Better: Using Lean Six Sigma to Improve Performance in  Correctional Managed Care  MODULE 4: The Analyze Phase” will be available on the Computer Learning Portal. Please take a chance to review this information at your leisure.

We have posted 4 learning modules to date, and we expect to provide 2 additional modules before October 2014 which will cover the Improve and Control (DMAIC) Phases of Lean Six Sigma.


Formulary Update and Policy Revisions

(9/2/14) - Please click on the link to see CMC Formulary Update and Policy Revisions approved by the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee.   Formulary changes will go into effect on Monday, September 1, 2014.  Visit the Pharmacy homepage at http://cmcweb.utmb.edu/Pharmacy/Pharmacy_Homepage.htm for the latest Pharmacy information. 


Holiday closure - Pharmacy Operating Hours

(8/28/14) - Please note that the Pharmacy will be closed on September 1, 2014 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  Facility staff should review floor stock supplies in advance of the holiday and order accordingly.  If urgent assistance is needed, the on-call pharmacist may be reached for recommendations at 936-436-2093. Thank you.


Important Drug Recall Notice:  Propranolol 20 mg Tablets

Date of Notice: 08/27/2014

(8/28/14) - The Pharmacy is recalling the following sequence number of Propranolol 20 mg tablets because the cards were packaged as 60 tablets per blister card and labeled as a card of 30. If the cards were given KOP, the patient would receive an excess supply of medication.

The sequence number is located on the top right of the pre-pack label or behind the designation SEQ. The pre-pack label is the label on the left top corner of blister cards.

Propranolol 20 mg tablets (Packaged in cards of 60)
Expiration date:  7/31/2015
Sequence number:  029625

All returned product must be placed in a container separate from any other returns or medications.  Products should be clearly marked as recalled and a copy of this recall notification should be returned with the drugs.  The unit name, contact person, and contact’s telephone number must be included with the recalled product in order to receive credit. Please send the recalled product to the Pharmacy attention: Jeri Callahan.

We appreciate your timely assistance in this matter. 

Unit Name:                                                       

Contact Person:                                                

Contact’s Telephone Number:                            


New Heat Related CNE Now Available

(8/26/14) - The Clinical Education Department is excited to announce a new Clinical Nursing Education (CNE) offering, Heat Related Illnesses in Corrections.  The purpose of this education activity is to enhance the knowledge of the Correctional Nurse related to rapid assessment of patients at risk for heat related illness and interventions for a patient with a heat related illness.  Successful completion of this course will be awarded one contact hour. This activity will expire on August 26, 2016. 

Accreditation Statement:  University of Texas Correctional Managed Care is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers Commission of Accreditation.

Click Here to access the Computer Learning Portal (CLP) to complete this new course.


UTMB-CMC Radiology Quarterly CE Class

(8/25/14) - Texas Correctional Radiology Technologist (TCRT) will have their Quarterly CE Class on Friday, September 19th in conference room at: Ryan’s, 1413 N. Loop 336 W., Conroe, TX  77304, (936)756-2442

Click here for more details.


Welcome To Correctional Managed Care

(8/25/14) - Please join UTMB- CMC, Region III - Beaumont in welcoming our newest employee, Judy Boudreaux, CMA, hired on 8/11//2014  for the Stiles Unit.


Pharmacy Operating Hours - Holiday skeleton crew

(8/20/14) - Please note that the Pharmacy will close early (4:30pm) and will only be running a skeleton crew on August 27th, 2014 in observance of LBJ’s Birthday.  Facility staff should review floor stock supplies in advance of the holiday and order accordingly.  New prescriptions should be entered into the EMR and non-formulary requests should be submitted as early as possible during the day. Delivery delays may occur for new prescriptions.  If urgent assistance is needed, the on-call pharmacist may be reached for recommendations at 936-436-2093.  Thank you.


Phoebe Langley, Administrative Secretary, CMC Central Administration

(8/19/14) - Phoebe began working for TDCJ in 1992 as a file clerk in the Parole Office.  In 1993 she left the Parole Office to work for TDCJ Health Services.  In 1994 she went to work for the TDCJ Human Resources Department and worked there for the next five years.  Phoebe then worked for OIG until she left TDCJ to work for UTMB Correctional Managed Care in 2004. For the next two years she was an Administrative Secretary to the Department of Nursing, Mental Health, and PECC, and during the last eight years, Inpatient Operations working for Anthony Williams and Dr. Glenda Adams.

Upon retiring, Phoebe plans to work for Thee Hospice as a part time employee and take care of her elderly mother.

Please join us for a Retirement Celebration on Friday, August 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 for cake and punch at our Conroe Office.

Congratulations and well wishes to Phoebe, she will be missed. 


Important Drug Recall Notice: Xifaxan® 200 mg tablets

Date of Notice: 08/13/2014

(8/18/14) - The Pharmacy is recalling the following sequence numbers of Xifaxan® 200 mg tablets because the cards were labeled with an incorrect expiration date.  The sequence number is located on the top right of the pre-pack label or behind the designation SEQ. The pre-pack label is the label on the left top corner of our blister cards.

Xifaxan® 200 mg tablets packaged in 60-count blister cards
Sequence number: W28237
Incorrect expiration date:   07/07/2016 or 072016

All returned product must be placed in a container separate from any other returns or medications.  Products should be clearly marked as recalled and a copy of this recall notification should be returned with the drugs.  The unit name, contact person, and contact’s telephone number must be included with the recalled product in order to receive credit. Please send the recalled product to the Pharmacy attention: Jeri Callahan.

We appreciate your timely assistance in this matter. 

Unit Name:                                                       

Contact Person:                                                

Contact’s Telephone Number:                        


Important Drug Recall Notice:  Hydroxychloroquine 200 mg tablets

Date of Notice: 08/13/2014

(8/18/14) - The Pharmacy is recalling the following sequence numbers of Hydroxychloroquine 200 mg tablets because the cards were labeled with an incorrect expiration date.  The sequence number is located on the top right of the pre-pack label or behind the designation SEQ.  The pre-pack label is the label on the left top corner of blister cards.

Hydroxychloroquine 200 mg tablets packaged in 30-count blister cards
Sequence number:   R27303
Incorrect expiration date:  06/03/2016 or 062016

All returned product must be placed in a container separate from any other returns or medications.  Products should be clearly marked as recalled and a copy of this recall notification should be returned with the drugs.  The unit name, contact person, and contact’s telephone number must be included with the recalled product in order to receive credit. Please send the recalled product to the Pharmacy attention: Jeri Callahan. 

We appreciate your timely assistance in this matter. 

Unit Name:                                                       

Contact Person:                                                

Contact’s Telephone Number:                        


Welcome To Correctional Managed Care

(8/18/14) - Please join UTMB Region I (Beeville) in welcoming our latest new hires to UTMB –CMC.
(hire date 7/28/14) James Evans, LVN-Connally; Emily Hart, Cluster Nurse Manager-Briscoe/Cotulla; Amanda Young, Dental Hygienist-Segovia; Reche Kihindou, CMA-Garza;


(hire date 8/11/14) Mario DePau, MHCM-McConnell; Tina Barber, LVN-McConnell; Pamela Whitson, LVN-McConnell.  Welcome All to Correctional Managed Care!

Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. L-R: Ronald Punch, Correctional Dentist/Estelle, Krystal Lawson, CCA/PECC, Sandra Dodson, PCT/Estelle, Leslie Payne, RN/Estelle, Carlos Del Valle, Correctional Dentist/Estelle and Ekundayo Osho, Pharmacy Clinical Practice Specialist/CMC Pharmacy.

Please join Region II – Palestine in welcoming our newest employees to Correctional Managed Care.

L-R:  Lydia Thornley, LVN, Michael; Ashley Holder, CMA, Skyview; Bobby Smith, LVN, Beto; Tabatha Payne, CMA, Bradshaw; Wendy Stinnett, CMA, Michael.


Pharmacy Operating Hours - Early closure

(8/14/14) - Please note that the Pharmacy will stop processing orders at 12:00 noon on August 29th, 2014 for inventory.  Facility staff should review floor stock supplies in advance and order accordingly.  New prescriptions should be entered into the EMR and non-formulary requests should be submitted as early as possible during the day.  Delivery delays may occur for new prescriptions.  If urgent assistance is needed, the on-call pharmacist may be reached for recommendations at 936-436-2093.


PECC Announces Employees of the Quarter

(8/14/14) - PECC would like to recognize Latanya Woodside as their Dispatcher and Ransom Mlcak as their Driver of the Quarter. They were chosen by their peers for this award. Both employees have worked hard and always go above and beyond their normal duties. They both truly deserve this honor.

Ms. Woodside is a dispatcher who is consistently professional and friendly to everyone she comes in contact with. She is well liked and respected by her coworkers and helps make PECC a great place to work. She is a team player and helps out in any way she can. We are truly lucky to have Ms. Woodside as a part of our department.

Mr. Mlcak is an MPV driver at the Carol Young facility. He is a hard worker who always does the jobs assigned to him with enthusiasm and a great attitude. He handles himself in a professional manner and is a good representative of PECC. Mr. Mlcak takes pride in his job and it shows to everyone he comes in contact with. He is truly a great asset to our department.


Skyview Staff Participate in Part II of Personality Assessment Inventory

(8/13/14) - Skyview Mental Health staff appreciated having Dr. Beverly Sloan, Senior MH Manager, present Part II of the PAI (Personality Assessment Inventory) training on site July 11, 2014. The three hour training allows clinicians to improve their testing/interpreting skills. Click here to view the entire article.


Ellis Unit Medical Department Ice Cream Social

(8/10/14) - To help beat the heat, the Ellis Unit Medical hosted a surprise Ice Cream Social on 08/06/14 for all medical employees.  A special thanks to Dr. Williams and Ms. Cooling for helping make this possible.

Click here to view the entire article.


Mt. View Unit Employee of the Quarter

(8/10/14) - Diane Popham, RN was selected for the Mt. View Unit “Employee of the Quarter.” Click here to view the entire article.


Pharmacy Operating Hours - Holiday skeleton crew

(8/7/14) - Please note that the Pharmacy will close early (4:30pm) and will only be running a skeleton crew on August 27th, 2014 in observance of LBJ’s Birthday.  Facility staff should review floor stock supplies in advance of the holiday and order accordingly.  New prescriptions should be entered into the EMR and non-formulary requests should be submitted as early as possible during the day. Delivery delays may occur for new prescriptions.  If urgent assistance is needed, the on-call pharmacist may be reached for recommendations at 936-436-2093.  Thank you.


Beaumont Complex Helping Others

(8/7/14) - Charity is an integral part of every community. The UTMB staff at the Beaumont Complex have “adopted” Some Other Place for their community service for the rest of 2014. Some Other Place was founded in 1968 by the local religious community to meet the unmet emergency needs of the local underprivileged families. This quarter, they collected school supplies that were needed for the less fortunate families in the Beaumont community. The volunteers were so grateful for the local support and could not thank us enough. There was no greater joy than to put a smile on everyone faces! Thanks to everyone who opened up their hearts to help others!


Beaumont Complex Employee of the Month

(8/5/14) - The Beaumont Complex Employee of the Month for July 2014 is Brendan Dunlap, PA. Mr. Dunlap has been with UTMB-CMC for a little over 1 year and has taken his position with great strides. He maintains his patient schedule as well as covers in the ER when his assistance is needed. He has most recently covered the Infirmary AND his patient schedule during the absence of the Medical Director. He has also helped onboard Dr. Barber, who is our newest Physician and new to CMC. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Beaumont Complex and to UTMB-CMC! We appreciate all you do!

Pictured: Brendan Dunlap, PA and Dr. Mark Barber, Interim Medical Director


Wynne Unit News

(8/1/14) - Sincere Appreciation for the following providers helping out at the WY unit: Charles Nagel, Gia Williams, DA Ruby, Barry Norwood, Michelle Lastrapes, Sandra Smock, Patrick Muldowney, Reginald Wallace, and Ruth Brouwer.

Krystal RotramelFlorence Nightingale Honoree goes to Krystal Rotramel, LVN.
Ms. Rotramel’s main focus is providing quality of care to the offender population. She maintains a positive attitude and knows how to take care of business. Keep up the great work!

 

Niesha BoyceEmployee of the month goes to Niesha Boyce, CCA.
Ms. Boyce is eager to learn new things and has a knack for keeping things organized. She maintains a professional attitude while getting the job done. Ms. Boyce is an asset to the WY unit medical department.

 


A Visit From Deb McGrew

(8/1/14) - On 24 June 2014 the Dominguez Unit had the honor of a visit from Ms. Deb McGrew, Chief Operating Officer, UTMB Health Systems. After touring the Dominguez Correctional Facility, she participated in our medical awards ceremony by giving years of service awards to Dr. Scott Reinecke, DDS – 15 Years and Maria Martinez, CCA – 10 Years.  

Ms. McGrew also presented unit level awards to our local winners/ nominees for the Region 1 UTMB-CMC  Annual Awards Program. Servant Leader Award – Ms. Relda Staples, Above and Beyond Award – Ms. Adelaida Casas (Runners-up, Ms Stella Huron and Ms. Lisa Thompson), Team Spirit Award – Ms. Sara Burk (Runners-up, Ms. Maria Martinez and Ms. Nancy Chavez), Outstanding Patient Care Award  - Ms. Patricia Smith (Runner-up Dr. Kenneth Vandewalle).

The awards ceremony was followed by a luncheon after which Ms. McGrew rounded with each discipline. All members of the  Dominguez staff found the visit to be uplifting and were especially impressed by the ease with which we were able to talk with Ms. McGrew.  

At our unit level awards ceremony we will recognize our first, second and third place winners (see attached). We will also recognize 3 staff members for years of service. They will receive service pins as indicated:

Point of Contact – Curt Tribble (210-661-5874 x 3264).          


Early closure: Pharmacy Operating Hours

(7/31/14) - Please note that the Pharmacy will stop processing orders for some facilities at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 1, 2014 in order to update equipment on one of its automated sorters.   Click here to view the facilities that will be impacted.


Welcome To Correctional Managed Care

(7/31/14) - Please join Region II – Palestine in welcoming our newest employees to Correctional Managed Care.

Back Row L-R:  Jeanina Harman, CMA, Michael; Kori Wells, CCA, Coffield; Dr. Imran Rajwani, Physician II, Cole; Jo Carter, CMA, Beto. Front Row L-R:  Julie Stevenson, LVN, Beto; Theresa Felder, CCA, Beto; Jennifer Roth, Michael.

(7/31/14) - Please join us in welcoming our newest employees' to UTMB CMC Region 1,  Gatesville.

L to R:  Quirina Rogge - Mental Health Case Manager – Hughes, Whitney Newsome - Mental Health Case Manager – Hughes, Melanie Fiame - Mental Health Clinician - Hughes

(7/31/14) - Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. L-R: Richelle Henriksen, CMA/ Eastham, Cindi Schuler, MLP/Eastham, Linda Broadway, LVN/Polunsky, Delores Mason, PCT/Estelle, Dorothy Daniels, PCT/Estelle and Gregory Linder, Correctional Dentist/Pack.


Lori McMillian, Coordinator I, Medical Warehouse Retiring

(7/30/14) - Lori began working for TDCJ in 1992 as a Records Clerk at the Wynne Unit.  She promoted to a position in Personnel in 1993 and later lateraled to the TDCJ Purchasing Department.  In 1996 she was promoted to the UTMB Medical Warehouse Purchasing Department.  During the last eighteen years she maintained purchasing procedures implemented by continual changes in the Medical Warehouse.  She worked closely with Supply Management and assisted in other office duties.

Prior to working for the State she worked several years in retail and later became a Hair Stylist.  Lori’s retirement plans are making sure that her “Honey Do List” for her husband is completed on a weekly basis, traveling with her husband, painting and enjoying more time with her grandchildren.

Lori’s last day will be Friday, August 29th, please join us for a Retirement Celebration on Thursday, August 28th from 2:00 to 4:00 for cake and punch at the Medical Warehouse.

Congratulations and well wishes to Lori, she will be missed. 

Lori McMillian


Welcome To Correctional Managed Care

(7/25/14) - Please join UTMB Region I (Beeville) in welcoming our July 14, 2014 new hires to UTMB -CMC. 

Maria Risaliti – Mid Level Practitioner/Travis Unit;  Craig Slack – Mental Health Clinician/McConnell Unit;  Michele Brown – LVN/Garza Unit;  Kristin Morales – Clinical Educator/Garza Unit.  Welcome to UTMB Correctional Managed Care! 

(7/25/14) - Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. Front Row (L-R): Ashlea Alworth, LVN/ Estelle, Kaylie Wheeler, CMA/Eastham, Kristi Bickham, LVN/Estelle and Jenny Duke, CCA/Huntsville. Back Row (L-R): Brittany Harrell, PCT/Estelle, Yvonne Williams, RN/Polunsky, Melinda Bobmanuel, LVN/Estelle, Elizabeth Cooper, Phlebotomist/Huntsville and Sharla Madl, LVN/Estelle.

(7/25/14) - Please join us in welcoming our newest employees to CMC Region I Gatesville. L to R:  David Gonzales - NCIII – Hughes, Raeven Moody - NCIII – Hughes, Jade Gorgas - LVN - Hughes


HUNTSVILLE AREA COMPUTER LAB IS MOVING

(7/23/14) - The Computer Training Lab, currently located in the TDCJ Health Services building at the West Hill Mall in Huntsville is being relocated to CMC’s offices in Conroe. The seating capacity has been increased from 10 to 16 computers and the move is scheduled for the week of August 4, 2014.

Reservations should be made through email to Paula Mason (pjmason@utmb.edu) or Sherry Williford (sdwillif@utmb.edu).

The address for the new location is:
UTMB Conroe CMC Operations Office
200 River Pointe Dr. Ste. 242
Conroe, Texas 77304


FY15 CME Policy

(7/22/14) - After reviewing the FY14 CME policy for providers, no changes were made to the policy. Therefore, the attached policy will be in effect for FY15 starting September 1, 2014.


Skyview and Hodge - May 2014 Employee of the Month Recognition

(7/21/14) - The Rewards and Recognition ceremony for May was held at Skyview/Hodge A control on June 26th at 10 am.  Donuts were provided for attendees.  Certificates were awarded to those recognized along with a “Super Star” cup and framed certificate to the EOM for May 2014.  Co-workers recognized Dixie Titus, MHC and Kenneth Bain, LVN for their outstanding attitudes and commitment in the work place.


Kenneth Bain, LVN and Dixie Titus, MHC


Dixie Titus, Employee of the Month May 2014 and Robin Rigsby, R&R Committee Member

Dixie Titus was awarded with the Employee of the Month for May 2014.  Ms. Titus was recognized for helping out a co-worker who was not feeling well.  She not only helped with some assigned duties she continued to check on that co-worker throughout the day.  She was also recognized for her ability to get patients to attend their psychiatric appointments when others have been unsuccessful.  Co-workers report that she is always willing to help without complaint.  Here are a few things said about Ms. Titus:

Ms. Titus is an awesome team player going out of her way to help her fellow co-worker.

Besides her bubbly personality and stylish dress code she is also willing to help when needed.  Thanks Ms. Titus for going above and beyond!


Important Drug Recall Notice:  Baxter 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injections in 100 ml MINI-BAG PLUS Containers

Date of Notice: 07/18/2014

(7/18/14) - Baxter is recalling the following lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection in 100 ml MINI-BAG PLUS Containers due to the possibility that the injections may contain particulate matter. Baxter also states that if infused, particulate matter may result in blockages of blood vessels, which may lead to stroke, heart attack, or damage to other organs such as the kidney or liver. Baxter further states allergic reactions, local irritation, and inflammation are also possible. Baxter states that it has received any reports of adverse events related to this problem.

0.9% Sodium Chloride (Normal Saline) in 100ml MINIBAG PLUS Containers
Product number: 2B0043
NDC: 0338-0553-18
Lot Number:  P308650
Expires: OCT 2014

All returned product must be placed in a container separate from any other returns or medications.  Products should be clearly marked as recalled and a copy of this recall notification should be returned with the drugs.  The unit name, contact person, and contact’s telephone number must be included with the recalled product in order to receive credit. Please send the recalled product to the Pharmacy attention: Jeri Callahan.

We appreciate your timely assistance in this matter. 

Unit Name:                                                       

Contact Person:                                                

Contact’s Telephone Number:                            


TIME CLOCK UTILIZATION STARTS ON ALL UNITS JULY 19, 2014

(7/18/14) - Effective July 19, 2014 all non-exempt, overtime eligible employees will be required to start using time clocks on their work units. Attached is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document that the Human Resources Department has compiled as a reference for those employees who will be using the time clocks. Please review this document to ensure that you are properly clocking in and out on your unit of assignment.

Click here to review the FAQs


TRAVEL UPDATE 7/17/14

(7/18/14) - As a reminder, last summer UTMB and all other UT-System institutions implemented a revised Travel Program.   At UTMB, in addition to our existing agencies (Marchi Travel,  Travel Counselors and SWABIZ),  Anthony Travel Inc. was added as a new approved agency for booking domestic flights.   UTMB is the only UT-Institution that was able to continue use of local travel agencies, thus providing our travelers with more choice.     All other components utilize only Anthony Travel or its partner agency.     Note:   Anthony Travel is the only approved agency for reserving International flights.     New contracts were signed for Car Rentals as a part of this UT-System program.    The approved car rental agencies for use by UTMB travelers are Avis/Budget, Enterprise/National and Hertz.    

Mandatory use of contracted agencies:    As outlined in this UT-System initiative, Airfare can be reserved only through one of the contracted Travel Agencies mentioned above, unless certain rare circumstances apply.    Use of only the contracted Rental Car companies is also mandatory.    

Please find more information on this topic on the UTMB Travel intranet site.     


Diboll Unit ACA

(7/18/14) - The Diboll Unit in June went through their ACA with a 100% for medical and 100% overall.  The Diboll Staff did an exceptional job of pulling together and making the accreditation there a success.  The PM/NM Mrs. Ganata Christian and her staff did a fantastic job. 


Jester Complex Employee of the Quarter

(7/18/14) - The Jester Complex selected an Employee of the Quarter, and we would like to share that with everyone.  Wholeheartedly, we all agreed with the nomination.  What a great employee to have within the Jester Complex!  Thanks for a job well done.  She was presented with a $25 Visa gift card.

Cynthia Delgado

Cynthia Delgado, LVN-CID - Jester 1 Unit

Nomination reads: I am nominating Ms. Cynthia Delgado.  She has been such a huge support system to me.  Being a fairly new CID nurse in an extremely busy unit, there is no way I could have maintained my sanity as well as the workload involved without her.  Ms. Delgado is extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of CID.   I have never asked her a question she didn’t know the answer to.  She works very hard at her job and always has the patient’s best interest in mind.  I could go on and on, but I’ll stop there. 


HOT OFF THE PRESSES

(7/16/14) - CMC Wound Care Committee has just released the first edition of the UTMB CMC WOUND CARE HANDBOOK. The purpose of this resource is to offer healthcare providers a quick and readily available reference on the basics of wound care. It can be downloaded and printed, or viewed from the web. Click here to view or you can find on the CMC Wound Care Program’s webpage under Departments, along with many other great resources developed by the CMC Wound Care Committee. The Handbook is best used in adjunct with the P&T approved Wound Care Disease Management Guidelines and the Wound Care Pictorial. Please also revisit the Wound Care CKAPs posted on the webpage for more information on specific types of wounds.


Congratulations to Cole and C. Moore on Audit

(7/16/14) - Congratulations to all the staff at Cole and C. Moore for an exceptional audit. The unit overall scores were 98.36% for Non-Mandatory folders and 100% for Mandatory. Medical had 100% in both areas! The auditors had nothing but praise for us. They commended our staff in the way they work together and stick together through the tough times. The cleanliness and sanitation was noted to be exceptional - stating they did not find any dirt in the corners or cobwebs anywhere. The Medical auditor, Katherine Montag, stated she could see the teamwork, experience, and offender's appreciation of services. Our Texas Hospitality was greatly appreciated also. Great job to all! Thanks for all you do.


Vickie Ann Eaton Parker's Life Celebration

(7/15/14) - Vickie Parker: 45, of Angleton, TX, went home to be with Jesus, Thursday, July 10, 2014. She was born in Sweeny, TX on July 20, 1968 to William and Sunny Eaton. Vickie graduated from Angleton High School in 1986 and went on to receive an Associates degree from the Art Institute of Houston and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Kaplan University.

Vickie took pride in working as an Administrative CCA for UTMB-CMC Ramsey Cluster. In her spare time she enjoyed fellowshipping with her friends at Catch the Fire and Life Church, working with autistic children, and spending time with her family.

Vickie was met in heaven by her father William Eaton. She will be loved and missed by her mother Sunny Eaton, son Corey Roy, brother Ronnie, sister-in-law Dianna, nephews Justin and Trevor, and many other family and friends.

A Celebration of her life will be held Saturday July 19th, 2014 at 2p.m at Life Foursquare Church, 501 Karankawa, Angleton, TX., with Cere Muscarella Officiating .

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Life Four Square Church, Children’s ministry.


Third LEAN Six Sigma Learning Module Posted on CLP

(7/15/14) - As many of our CMC staff are aware, we have had a small multidisciplinary group of staff embarking on the Lean Six Sigma journey over the last 9 months. In addition to having additional staff go through formal training, we would like to disseminate the information we have learned in our classes to the rest of the organization as an introduction to Lean Six Sigma methods and tools. Providing this information will enable all to use some of the more common tools to solve unit based problems in a more methodical and data driven manner.

Effective Monday, July 14, a learning module entitled “Getting Better: Using LEAN Six Sigma to Improve Performance in Correctional Managed Care: MODULE 3 The Measure Phase” will be available on the Computer Learning Portal. Please take a chance to review this information at your leisure.

We have posted 3 learning modules now and we expect to provide 3 subsequent modules to cover the Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control (DMAIC) Phases of Lean Six Sigma to be released between now and October 2014.


Time Clock Announcement

(7/15/14) - Click here to view the entire article.


Important Drug Recall Notice:  Hospira Lactated Ringer’s and Dextrose 5% Injection, 1000 ml 

Date of Notice: 07/11/2014 

(7/11/14) - Hospira is recalling the following lot of Lactated Ringers and 5% Dextrose injection 1000 ml due to one confirmed customer report where particulate was identified within the solution of the primary container. The particulate was identified as a filamentous-like structured particulate indicative of mold.

Intravenous administration of a non-sterile product can result in infections that may be life-threatening, and may result in prolonged hospitalization or organ failure. Hospira has not received reports of any adverse events associated with this issue for this lot to date, and has not identified any quality issues with retention samples for this lot.

Hospira Lactated Ringers and 5% Dextrose Injection, 1000 ml

NDC   0409-7929-09

Lot:   35-118-JT, Expires:  11/1/2015

All returned product must be placed in a container separate from any other returns or medications.  Products should be clearly marked as recalled and a copy of this recall notification should be returned with the drugs. 

The unit name, contact person, and contact’s telephone number must be included with the recalled product in order to receive credit. Please send the recalled product to the Pharmacy attention: Jeri Callahan.

We appreciate your timely assistance in this matter. 

Unit Name:                                                       

Contact Person:                                                

Contact’s Telephone Number:                            


Welcome to Correctional Managed Care

(7/11/14) - Please join Region II – Palestine in welcoming our newest employees to Correctional Managed Care.

L-R:  Kristin Wallace, Dental Assistant, Hutchins; Franchette Nelson, LVN, Coffield; Gideon Oputy, LVN, Coffield.


2014 NON FACILITY BASED NOMINEES and 1st   2nd and 3rd Place Winners

(7/10/14) - Congratulations to the following employees for being nominated for the CMC Employee Recognition Award categories and to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of each category.  The 1st place winners will be included in the pool with the unit based staff for final selection of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place CMC finalists.  Click here to view the entire article.


SENIOR LEADERSHIP UPDATE

(7/9/14) -My name is Billy Horton. I am the director of UTMB-CMC Dental Services and am pleased to present this month’s Senior Leadership Update. I started my career with UTMB at the Stiles unit in January of 2000, then served on the management team at the FBOP complex in Beaumont, and currently operate out of the LeBlanc unit. Recent rounding to many of the facilities has given me the opportunity to meet many of you, and I appreciate your hospitality. It is always good to be able to sit down and visit with unit staff, share information, and listen to concerns.


ePerformance
Feedback that we have received from Human Resources indicates that CMC is doing very well with the new self-service evaluation process. However, to ensure that CMC is able to meet the July 31 UTMB timeline for completion of all employee evaluations, CMC has imposed its own internal deadline for completion of the evaluations. If you have not already done so, our senior leaders are requesting that you complete your self-evaluation and forward the document to your direct reporting supervisor no later than July 11. This will ensure that we meet UTMB’s timelines and requirements. Your efforts are greatly appreciated

LAR (Legislative Appropriations Request)
The Texas Legislature will convene in January of 2015, and CMC leaders have been working closely with TDCJ in preparing our FY16/17 LAR. We appreciate the input from our facility and regional management teams in completing this task.

Annual Compliance Training
Just a reminder that the deadline to complete your annual compliance training is nearly here. If you have not already done so, please take the time to complete your required training.

Time Clock Update
Currently, the Estelle unit, Carole Young facility, Jester complex, and the Central Pharmacy are completing a time clock pilot. All appears to be going reasonably well. Due to the complexity of these units, we believe that they should be able to identify most of the challenges that we will encounter. Our CMC HR department will soon be sending out FAQs for managers/timekeepers to share with all employees. If the pilot continues to meet payroll and HR requirements, it is expected that time clock utilization will be implemented throughout CMC on July 19. All employees will be asked to maintain a hard copy timesheet for at least the first pay period to ensure that they get paid properly if any electronic glitches occur.

CMC Homepage
A prototype of a new web page redesign is in development and we have scheduled a focus group comprised of front-line users to give us feedback on how to optimize information flow for a leaner web page.

Digital Radiology
The FY14 roll-out of the new computed radiography (CR) systems is nearly complete. Thus far, 54 units have been installed. The remaining unit (Jester IV) will have its CR system installed in September. Dental currently has digital panorex machines at 6 facilities and we are hopeful to be able install additional systems at other in-processing facilities in the next fiscal year.

CMC Manager Training
Plans are currently underway to roll-out CMC manager training in the fall for both new and seasoned supervisors. This training will help prepare our managers to be more effective in carrying out their leadership roles and to guide employees through the many changes that occur in a correctional healthcare setting.

Mental Health Services
Mental Health Services and TDCJ Health Services have announced the development of the TDCJ Administrative Segregation Therapeutic Diversion Program, which is being implemented at the Hughes unit in Gatesville. This program will not be replacing any of the other therapeutic programs, but will be an additional opportunity for mental health to offer a continuum of care as related to restrictive housing. The program will promote skills designed to improve offenders’ decision-making, impulse control, and quality of life and to prepare them for release to the general population.

Dental Trivia

  • George Washington only had one natural tooth remaining when he was inaugurated in 1789 for his first term as President.
  • In England and America, it was a common practice for the blacksmith to moonlight as a dentist. Every town had a blacksmith but did not always have a barber, a doctor, or a dentist.
  • The majority of victims killed in the 9/11 terrorist attack were identified by dental forensics rather than DNA.
  • In the mid 1990s, a West Virginia inmate braided dental floss into a rope and scaled a prison wall to escape. This was not the first, nor will it be the last, incident of dental devices used for brushing or flossing being altered and used as a weapon or a means of escape by incarcerated individuals.
  • It takes 14 muscles to smile and 43 muscles to frown.

Dental Quiz

  • One of the strongest muscles in the body is located in your jaws. What is the force, in pounds of pressure, that is applied to the molars when you bite down? 80, 175, or 200
  • Which of the following famous men practiced dentistry? Paul Revere (silversmith), Doc Holliday (gambler/gunslinger), Zane Gray (western novelist)
  •  What is the hardest part of your entire body?
  • How many adult teeth do humans have?
  • How many baby teeth?
  • George Washington had “wooden” or “ivory” teeth?
  • Name the longest tooth in humans.
  • Who is credited for introducing chewing gum to the US? Thomas Edison, Santa Anna, or Christopher Columbus
  • A dog has how many teeth? 25, 32, or 42
  • If you don’t floss, what percentage of your teeth do you fail to clean? 10%, 35%, or 50%

Click here to view the answers


Region III, J.W. Hamilton, Jr. Facility

(7/7/14) - The J.W. Hamilton, Jr. Facility Management Team is excited to announce the Employee of the Quarter, Kimberly Toney, Correctional Clinical Associate.  Kim is a detail oriented employee who consistently strives for 100% accuracy in every task assigned to her.  She is always available for back-up support to her coworkers and motivated to cross-train in areas across the clinic.  She is an integral part of a close net team at the Hamilton Unit.  Kim helps ensure administration runs smoothly on a daily basis.  Thanks Kim for your dedication and loyalty to Correctional Managed Care! 


Welcome to Correctional Managed Care

(7/7/14) - Please join Region II – Palestine in welcoming our newest employees to Correctional Managed Care.

L-R:  Ashley Dressell, CCA, Coffield; Mark Reynolds, MLP, Lindsey; Elizabeth Holt, MHCM, Hodge; and Shreehba Kafle, MLP, Bridgeport.

(7/7/14) - Please join UTMB Region I (Beeville) in welcoming our June 30, 2014 new hires to UTMB - CMC.  (L-R) Donna Pfannstiel, LVN - McConnell Unit;  Laurie Gonzales, NCI - Connally Unit; Sayeeda Bennett, CMA - Lockhart; Lacey Koonce, Dental Assistant - Garza Unit;  Teresa Lubbock, Dental Hygienist - Connally Unit.  Welcome to UTMB – Correctional Managed Care! 

(7/7/14) - Please join us in welcoming the following new employees' to UTMB CMC Region 1, Gatesville. L to R: Allison Perry, CCA – Crain, Kelli Biddle, LVN – Bartlett, Malotsha Foster, Mid Level Provider - Crain

(7/7/14) -Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. Center Front: Callie Doyle, PCT/ Estelle. Second Row (L-R): Maria Diaz, Pharmacy Resident/CMC Pharmacy, Sylvia Muange, PCT/Estelle, Corrin Peddy, RN/Estelle, Yolanda Fletcher, CMA/Polunsky, Christiana Parks, LVN/Pack and Macy Ginsel, Phlebotomist/Byrd. Third Row (L-R): Ashley Cunningham, Pharmacy Tech/CMC Pharmacy, Tilease Jacques, CMA/Estelle, Charles Watkins, Dialysis PCT/Estelle, Cheryl Gregory, CCA/PECC, Arthur Bonner, MLP/Polunsky and Christy Pounders, RN/Duncan.


New Edition of the CMC Formulary Book

(7/1/14) - The 20th edition of the CMC Formulary Book has been published and will be distributed to facilities over the next few weeks.  An updated electronic version is already available on the Pharmacy homepage (http://cmcweb.utmb.edu/Pharmacy/Formulary_Disclaimer/default.htm).  Providers should each receive two books (one copy to be maintained in the medical department and one for on call purposes) as well as a copy should be kept in nursing stations and pill windows.   


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