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State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC)

(11/18/14 - 12/5/2014) - Every November, UTMB Correctional Managed Care, along with the rest of the State agencies participates in the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC), and every year, we as state employees manage to donate tremendous amounts of giving to those less fortunate than ourselves. Through SECC, we help people and causes in our local communities, across the nation, and around the world. The 2014 SECC campaign is under way now and runs through December 5.


This year, UTMB has made giving to the SECC even easier for our employees:

  • You may review charities and contribute online at www.utmb.edu/SECC. (No special PINs are needed this year; just use your normal UTMB username and password.) Checks and cash are also welcome.
  • It’s your choice: you can designate your gift to any of hundreds of SECC-approved charitable organizations. Many of us have charities in our local areas that are on the list of those available.

All of the charities on the extensive list are worthwhile ventures and most of us have worked with or witnessed the tremendous amount of good deeds that result from the commitment of these charitable organizations. However, they need funding to help them achieve their missions each year.

This year UTMB has two drawings – both for FitBits. One drawing is for those who contribute prior to Thanksgiving break and the other is at the end of the campaign. All donors receive an SECC lapel pin.

This year’s effort focuses on all the generous hearts at UTMB, with the Tin Man (who so badly wanted a heart) and his friends from the Wizard of Oz as our inspiration. So please take a moment to give to one of these worthy causes.  Any amount will help.

Thanks, Owen


IS/IT LEADERSHIP UPDATE

(11/20/14) - The IS CMC Tech Ops team has had two recent additions.

  1. Dr. Jane Moultrie is the Chief Medical Information Officer.  This role, which is new to CMC, is intended to help ensure clinical systems are optimized for you, the end users.  UTMB has had a CMIO for quite a few years now and the role has been very successful in ensuring customer satisfaction with the clinical systems, so we’re confident Dr. Moultrie can help provide that same success in CMC.  Dr Moultrie has been with CMC for 19 years and has worked as a Unit Medical Director and Regional Medical Director prior to being named CMIO.  She attended medical school and completed residency at Northwestern University in Chicago and is board certified in Internal Medicine.  She brings several years of medical expertise, as well as EMR use and understanding, to her new role.
  2. Jesse Seelbach is the Director, IS CMC Tech Ops.   Jesse has been at UTMB for over 18 years and has held multiple positions; some of his previous positions include Clerk III, Clinic Manager, Operational Projects & Planning Manager, and Director of Business Operations, Facilities & Emergency Planning.  Jesse earned a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Masters in Business Administration both from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.   Jesse brings several years of successful personnel and project management to his new role.

Working together, Dr. Moultrie, Jesse, and the entire IS CMC Tech Ops team are committed to providing excellent customer service and IT/IS support to help you better meet your daily work-related needs.

IS CMC Tech Ops has been busily working on the queue of projects.  Some of them that have received a great deal of attention lately are:

  • Speed! — Several units are dealing with far less bandwidth than most of us have in our homes.   We are looking at ways to remedy these problems.   Most of these issues stem from the local IT providers who aren’t currently able to provide more than T1 lines, but we are working on some possible Federal funding opportunities that will hopefully assist the local IT providers and CMC with some much needed improved bandwidth.   We hear your pain and we are working on it.  Hang in there.
  • Streamlining processes to free up staff.  We have been looking at several departments with a goal of streamlining the work flow so that work is done faster and with less redundancy.  Inpatient, referral, non-formulary request, chain in, and med renewal processes are some of the things that we plan on reviewing in hopes of improving.
  • Documents from EPIC – We are receiving a feed from EPIC consisting of radiologic study readings and discharge summaries on patients who have been admitted to HG.   These documents are automatically landing in the patients’ charts.  We are hoping to have specialty clinic notes transfer in the future as well.
  • Thanks for using the IT project request form that was implemented earlier this year.  It has made it much easier to track projects and help ensure projects are prioritized appropriately to aide in scheduling our resources.  In the coming months there will be a new project management system, Eclipse, implemented so be on the lookout for additional information regarding this new system.

As you have ideas on how we can better support you, please don’t hesitate to let us know.  We look forward to continuing to work with all of you!


Welcome to Correctional Managed Care

(11/20/14) - Please join UTMB- CMC, Region III - Beaumont in welcoming our newest employees hired on 11/17/2014. (L-R) Machelle Sanders (rehire), LVN, Plane Unit; Fredrick Gistarb, CCA, Plane Unit.

(11/20/14) - Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. Left to Right: Oluwatoyin Olaosebikan, LVN/Wynne, Cherie O'Neal, LVN/Duncan, Kalon McMillion, LVN/Wallace Pack, Tammy Milum, CCA/Estelle, Leah Foley, PCT/Estelle and Adrienne Humphrey, CCA/Wynne.

(11/20/14) - Please join Region II – Palestine in welcoming our newest employees to Correctional Managed Care. L-R:  Kishanda Jackson, CMA, Bradshaw; Samantha Milton, CMA, Coffield; Amy Bivins, LVN, Bridgeport; Natashia Davison, CMA, Michael, Ken Handley, Dentist, Skyview

(11/20/14) - Please join us in welcoming the following to UTMB CMC Region 1, Gatesville.  L to R: Kirsten Miller - Mental Health Clinician – Hughes; Keisha Stout - LVN - Bartlett

(11/20/14) - Please join Region 3 Houston District in welcoming these new employees to Correctional Managed Care.

11/3/14: L-R – Tanver Mazumder - Vocational Nurse at Jester I, Asha Mathew – Nurse Clinician III OP at Darrington, Darchel Richards – Mental Health Clinician at Darrington and Olusola Adewoye - Nurse Clinician III OP at Darrington.

11/17/14: L-R – John Stephenson – Correctional Clinical Associate at Ramsey and Clarice Earls – Correctional Clinical Associate at Jester III


Pharmacy Customer Satisfaction Survey

(11/18/14) - The 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 until the year end and should be completed by no later than January 3, 2015.

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 need improvement.

Your time and feedback are sincerely appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Drug Shortage of Antipyrine/Benzocaine Otic Drops, 15 ml

(11/17/14) - There is a current manufacturer shortage of antipyrine/benzocaine otic drops, 15 ml.  The estimated availability is in early February 2015.  Effective immediately, no new orders will be allowed.  Carbamide Peroxide 6.5% otic solution, 15 ml is available on the CMC Formulary as a clinic use item and nurse protocol agent and may be used for ear wax removal.    Oral formulary analgesics are available for otic pain associated with otitis media. 

 


Important Drug Recall:   Vancomycin Hydrochloride Sterile Powder 1 Gram Injection Recall by Hospira

(11/17/14) - Hospira, Inc. is recalling the following lots of Vancomycin 1 Gram Hydrochloride for Injection, USP identified below due to the potential for the tray to be mislabeled as Marcaine™ 0.75% (bupivacaine HCl Injection, USP). Hospira has confirmed one customer report of one tray being mislabeled.  The vial labels and shipping container labels are properly marked as Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Injection, USP, equivalent to 1 gram Vancomycin (Sterile Powder).  The lot number and expiration date on the tray is the same as the vial and shipping container labels and is for Vancomycin Hydrochloride.

Vancomycin injection is a white to tan lyophilized powder which requires reconstitution with Sterile Water for Injection. Marcaine HCL is a clear and colorless solution ready to use in a single-dose vial.  If the wrong solution is selected and administered to a patient, the potential for harm can be significant, including hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylactic shock in susceptible patients and/or ototoxicity, nephrotoxicity, DRESS, Stevens Johnson Syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, vasculitis, and agranulocytosis. To date, Hospira has not received reports of any adverse events associated with this issue for these lots.

Product 

NDC Number

Lot

 Expiration Date

Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Injection, USP, Equivalent to 1 g Vancomycin (Sterile Powder)

0409-6533-01

43-240-DD 

1JUL2016

44-205-DD 

1AUG2016

44-455-DD 

1AUG2016

44-460-DD

1AUG2016

44-465-DD

1AUG2016

Please check your inventory and immediately stop use and quarantine any affected product.  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.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by regular mail or by fax. 

We appreciate your timely assistance in this matter. 

Unit Name:                                                       

Contact Person:                                                 

Contact’s Telephone Number:                           


Pharmacy Holiday Closure

(11/17/14) - Please note that the Pharmacy will be closed on November 27 - 28, 2014 in observance of the Thanksgiving 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.


Courier Holiday Schedule

(11/17/14) - UTMB-CMC Courier Services will be closed on the following dates in observation of the UTMB institutional holiday (s).

Thursday November 27, 2014 - Thanksgiving Day
Friday November 28, 2014 - Day After Thanksgiving

December 24, 2014 - Day Before Christmas
December 25, 2014 - Christmas Day
December 26, 2014 - Day After Christmas

Thursday January 1, 2015 - New Year's Day


Vancomycin Hydrochloride Injection Shortage

(11/17/14) - There is currently a national shortage of vancomycin hydrochloride injection.  The Pharmacy has a very limited supply on hand and available drug is being allocated by the manufacturers.  The Pharmacy is expected to receive a small shipment next week.  Units should not stockpile vancomycin injection.  The Pharmacy will be prioritizing stock orders for RMFs and units with patients actively requiring treatment.  Providers are encouraged to avoid unnecessary prescribing of vancomycin.  Should you have any patient specific questions or concerns related to antibiotic prescribing, please contact your respective clinical pharmacist. 

 


CMC INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

(11/13/14) - CMC Senior leadership, in collaboration with UTMB campus, has created a policy that is designed to address the issues that continually arise during inclement weather events. Click here to view the policy. Please review for details on how to operationally handle these events in the future.


Sanders Estes Unit

(11/13/14) - October was a great month for cancer awareness and for celebration at the Estes unit.  Ms. Cornish coordinated with the other Northern Units to order pink UTMB T-Shirts in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Through out the month of October, staff wore a variety of pink clothing and/or accessories.  The unit based W.I.C. (Women In Corrections) had "pink out days" in which pink ribbons and pink cupcakes were passed out to all employees. The Health Services Staff had a pink treat day in medical with all kinds of pink goodies ranging from pink deviled eggs, pink alfredo w/pasta, pink popcorn balls, pink lemonade cake and pink ham sandwiches to name a few.  We discussed Domestic Violence Awareness, including some of its signs and how to help someone in need.  Let's not forget BOSS' DAY! We truly admire our Unit Management Team that we have in medical.  Ms. Iredell is our fantastic practice/nurse manager.  She works so hard to keep things running smoothly in the clinic.  Dr. Joshi is our great M.D. and always has a something positive to say.  Dr. Pope is our awesome dentist.  He is a man of few words but has a big smile and a big heart to match.  Ms. Lilley took time out of her busy schedule from covering the mental health needs of all four northern units to visit our unit. It's always a special treat for us to have her visit and share her wisdom and insight with us.  We had an Italian Luncheon to show our gratitude on Boss' Day.  We ended the month with a Halloween Brunch for the medical and security staff.  It was awesome to see the different departments work together to make this happen!  UTMB and MTC are an amazing team and enjoy joint celebrations whenever possible. 


Employee Advisory Council Election - Cast your vote today!

(11/10/14) - The Employee Advisory Council (EAC) election is open through December 1, 2014. Now is your chance to vote for an EAC representative for Correctional Managed Care.
Don't miss out on this opportunity to select your colleague of choice to represent you!  CMC candidates are listed below.

  • Michael Cole, DDS
  • Tanya Lawson, MHA
  • Manuel Lozano, Jr., MHC, LPC
  • Blanca Major
  • Angel Morales, LVN
  • Pinkee Patel, MBA
  • Jamecia Smith-Rice

To view bios and photos for each candidate, visit the EAC webpage  (https://blogs.utmb.edu/eac/) and click on “Correctional Managed Care Candidates.”
Please click VOTE  (https://www.utmb.edu/OLT/Login.asp) to cast your vote today! 


Eastham’s Employee of the Quarter

(11/10/14) - Eastham Unit’s Melanie Alvarado has been selected as Medical Employee of the Quarter.  Ms Alvarado is an import from Germany where she grew up and mastered many languages such as French, Spanish, Greek, English and of course German.  She has always wanted to be involved in healthcare with an ambition to work in corrections as an adult and geriatric nurse practitioner.   She feels like her dream came true and is happily providing care with a caring and cheerful attitude.  Ms Alvarado is the nurse practitioner for Eastham and she expects to have a long satisfied career with CMC.


Great American Smokeout – Nov. 20

(11/7/14) - This year, the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 20. The event, marking its 39th 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 on a plan of action to meet your needs based on your readiness at the time you contact the CTQ program. Based on your location, program assistance may be provided in person, over the phone, or through email correspondence. 

Whether you smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products, please contact Patrice at (409) 747-5324 or hr.wellnessforlife@utmb.edu to begin a journey toward a healthier, tobacco-free lifestyle. 


Welcome To Correctional Managed Care

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

L-R:  Christyl McCartney, CMA, Coffield; Patricia Welke, CMA, Beto; Trisha Cook, LVN, Beto; Danny Longoria, CCA, Cole.

(11/7/14) - Please join us in welcoming the following new employees to UTMB CMC Region VI Gatesville.

L to R:  William Gardner - Mental Health Manager – Woodman, Phillip Ludwig - Mental Health Manager – Hughes, Kimberly Dietze - NCIII - Hobby

(11/7/14) - Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. Top Row: Katie Pichotta, Dialysis PCT/Estelle and Mildred Shaver, LVN/Wynne. Middle Row: Joshua McDonald, LVN/Ferguson, Marianne Morrison, Finance Specialist I/CMC Pharmacy, Sharon Regini, Stores Clerk II/CMC Pharmacy and Linda Shaw, LVN/Eastham. Bottom Row: Courtney Miller, PCT/Estelle, Jane Muchoki, CMA/Estelle, Temitope Omeye, PCT/Estelle and James Wilder, Sr. Respiratory Therapist/Estelle.

(11/7/14) - Please join UTMB- CMC, Region III - Beaumont in welcoming our newest employees hired on 11/3/2014.

(L-R) Erica Bloodworth, LVN, Henley; Barbara Charles, LVN, Hightower; Lauretta Onwukwe, Mid-Level Practitioner, Stiles; and Napolean Thomas, LVN, Lewis.

(11/7/14) - Please join Region 3 Houston District HR in welcoming these new employees to the challenging world of Correctional Managed Care.

L-R – Tanver Mazumder - Vocational Nurse at Jester III, Asha Mathew - Nurse Clinician III at Darrington, Darchel Richards – Mental health Clinician at Darrington, Olusola Adewoye – Nurse Clinician III at Darrington


Security Search Procedure Reminder

(11/6/14) - Due to several recent issues with security searches, TDCJ has requested that we ensure all staff entering their facilities are reminded of the information below.  Please share with your managers for distribution.

TDCJ security searches are done to ensure there is no contraband coming into the unit.    

Recently, there have been several issues with bobby pins in hair.   TDCJ has asked that all CMC employees be reminded that metal bobby pins in your hair will not be allowed to clear security.  There are plastic bobby pins now available for use.  In addition, there may be times that you are requested to “unpin” or take your hair down by the searching officer or supervisor. 

It is expected that all CMC employees comply with security search requests to avoid the possibility of your security clearance being revoked for failing to cooperate with security searches.    Thanks


EPIC-CONTINUITY OF CARE

(11/5/14) - We have gone live with the EPIC-CONTINUITY OF CARE import program.  The first batch of documents has been successfully imported into PEARL patient charts on our production database.  To locate the documents from EPIC, open the Hospital Galveston Documents chart section in Pearl.


Ebola Policy and FAQs

(11/5/14) - Below, is the new Ebola policy and frequently asked questions (FAQs) for all UTMB employees. 

Click here to view the Ebola Policy and Frequently Asked Questions


Beaumont Complex Employee of the Month for October 2014

(11/5/14) - Ms. Evelyn Brindley, RN was the Beaumont Complex Employee of the Month for October. Ms. Brindley has been a UTMB employee for the last 6 years and has done an outstanding job at the Leblanc Unit as the charge nurse. Ms. Brindley comes to work with a “can do” attitude and is a great team leader. She did a great job leading the medical staff during a recent disaster drill in which the Wardens and Major were very impressed with the medical response. Ms. Brindley’s peers and supervisor would say that she is always pleasant and helpful under even the most stressful situations. Keep up the great work, Ms. Brindley! We are glad to have you on our team!


Jester Complex Halloween

(11/5/14) - On Friday, October 31, 2014,  the Jester Complex had a little fun. We put on those good Halloween Hats and made a few people laugh!

We had lots of witches,  a spider,  Mickey Mouse,  a devil, several wizards, a mad hatter, a Texan bull, and bunches of homemade hats. It was a good time for everyone.  


Pharmacy Customer Satisfaction Survey

(11/5/14) - The 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 until the year end and should be completed by no later than January 3, 2015.

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 need improvement.

Your time and feedback are sincerely appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Upcoming Educational Lunch and Learn Program

(11/4/14) - Sponsored by:  UTMB CMC Virology Department & TEXAS/OKLAHOMA AIDS EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTER

“Opportunistic Infections”

** 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:   November 20, 2014
Time:  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Speaker: Philip Keiser, M.D., UTMB Professor, Division of Infectious Disease; International HIV Program & Clinic Director, Co-Director & Principle Investigator for Dallas Central AIDS Education and Training Center

Format:  Levin Hall in Galveston or via TeleHealth

Program Overview: This presentation will describe Opportunistic Infections associated with HIV. Valuable information regarding guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of these Opportunistic Infections will be discussed, as well as treatment complications. Please join us to update your knowledge of these infections and the importance of treatment.

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Happy Radiologic Technology Week!

(11/4/14) - National Radiologic Technology Week is celebrated annually during the week of November 3rd through 9th. It commemorates the vital work of medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals across America and the role they play in providing a safe environment and quality patient care.  It also celebrates the anniversary of the x-ray’s discovery by Wilhem Conrad  Roentgen on November 8th, 1895.

We recognize and appreciate each Radiology staff member for their contributions to CMC; the difference you make is extraordinary. Keep up the good work!

Click Here For Fun Facts About Radiology History


Holiday Closure Pharmacy Operating Hours

(11/3/14) - Please note that the Pharmacy will be closed on November 11th, 2014 in observance of the Veterans 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.


Important Recall Notice:  Meropenem 1gm/vial Injection by Hospira   

Date of Notice: October 31, 2014

(11/3/14) - Hospira is recalling the following lot numbers of Meropenem 1gm/vial due to a confirmed customer complaint of discolored powder in one of the recalled lots.  Upon review of the complaint, a crack in the base of the vial was identified.  The crack was determined to be attributed to the thickness of the glass being less than the required limits; this is attributed to an out of specification during the glass manufacturing process.  The six product lots being recalled all used the same master glass component.  Discoloration of the powder may occur if meropenem is exposed to the atmosphere.  Risk factors associated with discoloration may include a potential for breach of sterility/contamination of the vial contents, and/or a delay in therapy. 

A broken vial has the potential to create an open system subject to leaks and contamination.  A loss of sterility is a primary concern when a container has a defect that could result in a leak, since an open pathway exists for contamination of fluid.  Contaminated solution administered to a patient may potentially cause bacteremia, sepsis, septic shock, endocarditis, or multisystem organ failure, requiring critical medical intervention and may result in death.  Signs and symptoms include redness, pain, swelling at the site, fever, shortness of breath, tachycardia, nausea, and vomiting.

These lots were distributed March 2014 through June 2014.  To date, Hospira has not received reports of any adverse events associated with this issue for these lots.  

The lot number is located on the top of the box which contains the vials and also on the side of label attached to the vial.

The affected lot numbers of the recalled product are as follows:

Lot:                                Expiration Date:
609E014                        1JAN2016
609E015                        1JAN2016                      
609E016                        1JAN2016
609E018                        1JAN2016
609E018                        1JAN2016
609E019                        1JAN2016

Please check your inventory and immediately stop use and quarantine any affected product.  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.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program either online, by regular mail or by fax. 

We appreciate your timely assistance in this matter. 

Unit Name:                                                

Contact Person:                                 

Contact’s Telephone Number:                                     


RESTARTING PEARL IMAGE SERVER

(10/31/14) - CMC TDCJ PEARL EMR - We will be restarting the TDCJ Pearl Image Server. This will cause a brief 5 minute outage, only related to note retrieval and creation services. Outage is scheduled for 9pm 4 Nov 2014


REMINDER: CHANGE IN REFERRAL REMINDERS

(10/31/14) -Effective November 1, 2014, the new reminder types will be activated and the old reminder types will be inactivated (no longer available on the Add New Reminder page). All current Referral Reminders marked as Routine in the comments will remain active until removed through attrition. Any current Referral reminders marked as Expedited should be deleted and the new “Expedited” reminder type created using the same date and comment information. The SOP is available now on the website for your review but will be effective November 1.

A new temporary report has been created which pulls together the Referrals Pending, Referrals Approved, and Referrals Appealed reports for all pending (open) reminders. It is located on the Reports Homepage/Specialty Clinic Reports link at the bottom of the page. Review the reminder comments for referrals marked as expedited and update them using the new Expedited Reminder type.

When an offender crosses university lines, the referral reminders will be deleted during the Import process and documented on the Import Log. Once approved, these reminders will need to be recreated using the new Expedited Referral or Routine Referral reminder types.

If you have any questions about this process please contact Nina Cooper (ngcooper@utmb.edu) or Paula Mason (pjmason@utmb.edu).


Bartlett State Jail -UTMB-Breast Cancer Awareness

(10/28/14) - The UTMB staff at Bartlett State Jail hosted a cookie and punch reception for all employees and visitors to help raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Everyone had a great time and money was raised for the cause.

Pictured Above L-R: Ms. Bazan, LVN, Ms. Knightstep, PA, Ms. Harrimon, CCA, Ms. Howard, CCA, Ms. Varela, LVN, Ms. Oshoko, CMA, Ms. McGowan, RN FNM/Clinical Administrator


DEADLINE EXTENDED TO OCT. 31 - Employee Advisory Council Seeks Nominations for Upcoming Election

(10/27/14) -UTMB Employee Advisory Council - Your colleagues at your service

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. For the purposes of representation on the council, the university is grouped in four large segments: Academic Enterprise, Correctional Managed Care, Hospitals and Clinics, and Institutional Support.

The EAC is looking for 4 candidates to replace members who have completed their commitment to the council. Our thanks go to the following members who have completed their commitment: Julie Cantini, Craig Kovacevich, Janet Gonzalez and Jennifer Anderson

Nominations will be accepted from Oct. 6, 2014 – Oct. 31, 2014, with elections starting Nov. 10, 2014 and concluding  Dec. 1, 2014. To be placed on the ballot as a nominee for the 2014 elections, complete the following steps:

1. Visit the EAC website at http://blog.utmb.edu/EAC and review the EAC Bylaws

2. Provide a brief biography that describes your role at UTMB (less than 300 words) and a statement about why you want to serve on the EAC. Include all your contact information (phone numbers, email and your department).

3. Provide an up to date professional digital photo of yourself to be placed on the site for review from your peers.

4. Supply a statement of support from your supervisor/manager indicating your ability to devote
3-5 hours each month for the three year commitment period to the council. The Academic Enterprise requires Executive Director/Director approval as well.

5. Email your biographical information, statement of why you want to be elected, supervisor endorsement and your digital photo to Susanne Johnston by deadline date of October 31, 2014. 


TB SKIN TEST – ALL CMC EMPLOYEES

(10/24/14) - New contractual obligations require all CMC employees to receive an annual TB Skin Test (TBST) due to the communicability of this disease and the higher prevalence of the disease within the prison population. Those who spend any amount of time on units, whether assigned or visiting can transmit the disease to those not assigned to units.  For those who have not yet received the test, please have this completed by November 14. If you are located in close proximity to Galveston, the UTMB Employee Health Clinic will administer and read the TBST. If you are off island, the CID nurse at your local unit will administer the test.

Going forward, ALL employees will be required to get an annual TBST update during the month of May.


GLUCOMETER UPDATE SCHEDULED

(10/24/14) - To improve the serviceability of the system, they will be migrating the Glucometer results server from an older, outdated platform to a new virtual platform. This change will occur on October 28, 2014 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  During this timeframe, the results will be delayed in returning to the patient’s chart.


Region 2 Mental Health Training Day

(10/24/14) - Region 2 Mental Health Department held their Annual Mental Health Training Day on October 10th at the Ferguson Clubhouse.  Click here to view the entire article.


OPERATIONAL ANNOUNCEMENT            

(10/23/14) - The CMC Senior Leadership Operations Council has made the decision, that effective immediately, all CMC employees are no longer authorized to bring flash drives into TDCJ facilities or utilize existing drives. Managers are tasked to ensure that this information is disseminated to all employees and any flash drives currently on units are removed by the employees.

This decision was not taken lightly and we understand that this might create some inconvenience for staff. However the need to ensure patient health information privacy and maintain IT security was what ultimately drove this decision.

Additionally, please note that our Information Technology support group is in the process of updating our computers throughout the system and any non-essential information found on UTMB computers will be removed and not be downloaded after the refreshing of the system.

For information purposes, those employees who need work related information stored, can utilize the UTMB Ispace system where each employee has existing access. You can click on the following web to access and set up this account,  http://www.utmb.edu/is/ispace/.  If you encounter any problems with utilizing this account, please contact your manager.


Most Recent Town Hall Meeting

(10/21/14) - Town Hall Meeting - October 17, 2014


Region 3 Mental Health Training Day

(10/21/14) - The Region 3 Mental Health Department hosted its annual Training Day on Wednesday, October 8 at the Jester Staff Development Center.  There were 74 people in attendance, which not only included mental health staff, but also the CCAs who support MH, the Regional Team, Dr. Penn, Beverly Echols and Steve Smock.   Click here to view the entire article.


Boss's Day at the Lindsey Unit 2014

(10/21/14) - Mrs. Easter began her correctional career in 2011 at the Lindsey Unit. She is our Facility nurse manager and Practice Manager as well.  She has been a great leader for us. Mrs. Easter is an understanding supervisor who helps her employees balance work and home life.  She is very family oriented and believes in her staff being able to attend family activities if at all possible, even if it means her helping out in the clinic. She works closely with the staff members to ensure all duties are being completed throughout the day.  Mrs. Easter is not above getting out on the floor and helping out when needed. She is always telling the staff how much she appreciates us and encourages everybody to work as a team.  She goes out of her way and does things to show her appreciation such as buying lunch for her whole team, making sure everybody has a birthday card, giving gifts during nursing and clerical week, organizing meals for special events and so much more. Not only is Mrs. Easter an amazing supervisor, she also makes sure that she checks on us if anything outside of work is going on. She has brought food to my home from the medical department during deaths in my family, she went to the hospital on two separate occasions, one when my grandpa was critically ill, to check on my family and be by my side. On a separate occasion when my grandmother was critically ill and I had no family nearby she went to the ER to be with me.  She always ask about how our families are doing and shows compassion towards us, she has even sent me text asking about my sick pig and was very helpful in giving me tips and reassurance that he would get better. These are just a few examples of her kind heart.  When I asked the Assistant Warden for permission to have a luncheon for Mrs. Easter, he replied “yes, she deserves it, ya’ll are lucky to have her.”  Mrs. Easter’s supervisor described her as “pretty outstanding.” This is just a small gesture to Thank Mrs. Easter for all that she does and to let her know that we do appreciate her.  Thanks for all that you do to ensure our unit runs smoothly and keeping us together as a TEAM!


Lindsey Unit

(10/21/14) - Lindsey Unit wears pink for breast cancer awareness.


JULIA LAWSON LEAP (Lifelong Education and Achievement Program) AWARD  Application deadline and donation process

(10/20/14) - The Julia Lawson LEAP Award is given to CMC employees whom:

          • are enrolled in the Tuition Reimbursement Program;
          • are in good academic and professional standing; and
          • exhibit financial need. 

Applicants meeting eligibility requirements will be considered.  All applications must be submitted no later than November 15, 2014. 
 
This award program is funded by CMC employees for CMC employees.  The number of scholarships given away is dependent upon the amount of money pledged by you.  If you are interested in donating to this program to help further the educational opportunities of CMC employees, you can do so through a one-time donation or through payroll deduction.
To make your donation, please visit the “UTMB Family Campaign” website at http://www.utmb.edu/familycampaign/ and then select the Online Pledge Form under  “Make Your Pledge”  in the right hand column.  After you log-in and the pledge form appears, you’ll select the “Other Employee Giving”.  Type in “The Julia Lawson LEAP Award” on the “Special Instructions” line.  You can then choose your donation amounts and how you wish to have this deducted.

Please seriously consider visiting the website and donating to support this amazing CMC cause.  Your donations are also tax deductible!
 
Links to the Julia Lawson LEAP donation site, the award application, and more information regarding this program are available on the CMC Homepage. 

The Julia Lawson Leap Committee, consisting of: Kelly Coates, Dipak Patel, Anitra Lindley, Chris Moore, Sharon Williams, and Sarah Abke would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your donations and support and to express our deepest appreciation to the Lawson family for their continued support of this program.


Polunsky Unit Employees Participate in the Gritty Goddess 5K Mud Run in Galveston

(10/17/14) - Carrie Gesford LVN, Shonah Bonner LVN, Kimber Abbott, CNM and Lisa Curry, RN participated in the Gritty Goddess at Moody Gardens in Galveston on October 11th.  The ”Polunsky Mudderflies” had a great time raising funds to wipe out Breast Cancer.  Unfortunately there are no pictures available of them AFTER they crawled through the mud… Despite the fact that Ms. Gesford sustained a hairline fracture to her leg jumping into a mud pit during the middle of the 5k obstacle course, a good time was had by all. 

They are hoping that CMC will have more participants join them next year for a great cause!


Woodman Facility Employee of the Quarter

(10/17/14) - Congratulation goes to Daniela Moore, CCA, for being selected as the Employee of the Quarter.  Daily Mrs. Moore wears numerous hats in the performance of her assigned duties.  Which consist of supplies and maintenance of equipment, tracking referrals, chain-ins, supervising offender janitors and the list goes on.  She has an outstanding ability to interact with employees both medical and security.  She is constantly sought out by the staff for assistance in various areas.  Mrs. Moore, thank you for your dedication!


OCTOBER IS PHYSICAL THERAPY MONTH

(10/17/14) - The Clinical Support Services Department is truly honored to recognize our dedicated Physical Therapy Staff as part of this year’s National Physical Therapy Month!  We continue to see our therapist make positive impacts with their patients and the various units on which they work.  We are proud to pay respect to the important role they serve in the overall healthcare for both our patients and Correctional Managed Care!

Beto Unit
Deborah Kendall, PT, DPT, GCS, CLT, LANA
Jerry Richardson, PT

Carol Young Unit
Jose Atabay, PT

Estelle Unit
Giriraj “Ravi” Ravichandran, MHA, PT
Kallaugha McGlory-Davis

Jester III Unit
Jerry Palacio, PT
James Stubbs, PT
Jalyn Williams, PT

Murray Unit
Hazel Temmen, MPT


CMC Finance Department

(10/17/14) - Please join the CMC Finance Team in welcoming Judy Sanders, Finance Specialist 1.  She will be responsible for processing Travel Reimbursements, Advances, Authorizations and Non-PO’s.  Judy has been with Finance since 8/1/14 and has processed many of our travel reimbursements since then.  We are excited to have her on our team!  Please send your travel reimbursements emails to David Golden (djgolden@utmb.edu) and Judy Sanders (jgsander@utmb.edu). 


DEA PERMIT RENEWAL

(10/17/14) - Please note that all DEA permits for all TDCJ facilities have a common expiration date of Nov. 30, 2014, and all permits will be renewed by the Pharmacy Vault under the Chain Renewal process.  The Pharmacy Vault will complete all required paperwork, no action is required by facility nurse managers.  If your facility receives a DEA renewal packet in the mail, do not complete or attempt to renew your DEA permit.  This process will be handled by the Vault and your new DEA permit will be sent to your facility before the current permit expires.

If you have questions, please contact the Pharmacy Vault, phone (936) 437-5317 or e-mail utmbcmc.pharmacyVault@utmb.edu.


A New 1- Hour Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) Activity is NOW AVAILABLE on the CLP

Obstetrical Emergencies in Corrections

(10/17/14) - The purpose of this education activity is to enhance the knowledge of the Correctional Nurse related to obstetrics and the rapid assessment, management, and treatment of patients at risk for obstetrical emergencies. 
The objectives of this education activity are:
1. Recognize Normal Fetal Heart Tone (FHT) ranges. 
2.  Identify the signs and symptoms of imminent birth.
3.  Describe the treatment and management of urgent/emergent complications in pre-delivery and post-delivery.
4. Identify normal APGAR scores. 
5.  Recognize the correct steps to neonatal resuscitation.

The University of Texas Medical Branch Correctional Managed Care 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.

Click here to take you to the CLP and then take the course: http://clpweb.utmb.edu/


Pharmacy Welcomes New Pharmacy Clinical Practice Specialist for Inpatient Services

(10/17/14) - The Pharmacy Department would like to welcome Dr. Ekundayo Osho, Pharmacy Clinical Practice Specialist, who will be working with Inpatient Services.  Ekundayo Osho graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (summa cum laude with distinction and leadership emphasis) from the University of Minnesota, College of Pharmacy. He also completed post-graduate residency training in pharmacy practice at the Houston Methodist Hospital System, Houston, Texas.

‘Dayo (as he is fondly called) has strong communication skills, and is very passionate about the pharmacy profession. His professional area of interest is Cardiology.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching television, playing piano and traveling.  Please join the Pharmacy Department in welcoming him to CMC! 


Ferguson Unit Employee of the Month

(10/17/14) - The Ferguson Unit would like to congratulate Ms. King on being nominated as employee of the month for September 2014. Ms. King was nominated for her enthusiasm and constant smile. Ms. King always comes to work with a positive attitude that becomes infectious, creating a more pleasant atmosphere. The facility management team presented Ms. King with her award during their monthly staff meeting. Pictured L-R: Dr Kearby, dental; Mr Morgan, practice manager; Ms. King, CCA; Ms. Lovell, nurse manager; Ms. Nichols-Woodward, mental health; not pictured - Dr Williams, medical director.


Special Town Hall - Noon, Friday, Oct. 17

(10/16/14) -UTMB President Dr. David Callender will host a special Town Hall meeting at noon Friday, October 17, 2014, in Levin Hall to discuss UTMB’s research and clinical expertise in response to Ebola cases in Texas.

State leaders have contacted UTMB to learn from our world-class research on the Ebola virus and our expertise in caring for patients with infectious diseases. UTMB does not have any patients who have Ebola and, at this time, we have not been asked to accept any Ebola patients from elsewhere.

Dr. Callender will discuss UTMB’s role and our high level of expertise and preparedness to aid the state in its response to Ebola. He will also answer questions from the audience related to our Ebola preparedness.

Town Hall viewing options: CLICK HERE


Important Drug Recall of Certain Lots of Hospira Intravenous Solutions Due to Potential for Leakage

(10/16/14) - Hospira has initiated a recall of certain lots of flexible intravenous solutions due to the potential for leakage. The potential for leakage was identified during re-inspection of a manufactured product lot in which a single puncture mark was identified going through the overwrap and primary container.

A puncture in the primary container may result in leakage that is difficult to detect. Leakage may result in an open system, which has the potential for contamination, compromised sterility, drug waste, spillage, inadequate or inconsistent solution/medication administration dosing, and /or delay in therapy, all of which may require medical intervention and should be reported to Hospira and/or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Hazardous topical exposure may occur if a hazardous drug is added to the intravenous (IV) bag.

The root cause is attributed to a defect in a conveyance system, and corrective actions have since been implemented to prevent a reoccurrence. To date there have been no reports of adverse events associated with this issue for the impacted lots. The manufacturing issue that caused this incident has been addressed. Anyone with an existing inventory of the recalled lots should stop use and distribution and quarantine the product immediately. Click here for a list of recalled lots.

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.


TRAINING CLASS SCHEDULED

(10/16/14) - An eProcurement Requester/Buyer training is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in Conroe. The six hour class will assist trainees in creating DEP, ACQ, and “Punchout” requisitions, as well as provide instructions on how to inquire and navigate among the various screens. To reserve a spot, please send an email to Lavonne Zaiontz at lczaiont@utmb.edu. Seating is limited.


Sixth LEAN Six Sigma Learning Module Posted on CLP

(10/16/14) - 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 several 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 of us to use basic Lean Six Sigma tools to solve unit-based problems in a more methodical and data-driven manner.

Effective Friday, October 17, a learning module entitled “Getting Better: Using Lean Six Sigma to Improve Performance in Correctional Managed Care--MODULE 6: The Control Phase” will be available on the Computer Learning Portal. This module covers the Control Phase in the Lean Six Sigma DMAIC framework. Please take a chance to review this information at your leisure.

Additional modules will likely be posted in the future, in response staff feedback from multiple levels within our organization.


Communication of Urgent Radiology Findings to Unit Staff:

(10/15/14) - A team including CMC and Main campus staff has been working on a process to facilitate the timely communication of Urgent Radiology findings to unit staff. Urgent findings are those which suggest a condition that may be seriously adverse to the patient’s health and may worsen over time, requiring physician follow-up/response action in at timely manner (typically < 2 weeks) Examples of urgent findings include but are not limited to:

  • Lung nodules
  • Mass
  • Spinal stenosis/ herniated disc
  • Unexpected consolidation

Beginning October 20, 2014 CMC Utilization Review (UR) will be the contact and tracking entity for Urgent Radiology findings. A UR nurse will communicate Urgent Radiology findings by phone and email to the Facility Medical Director (FMD) of the patient’s assigned unit. If the FMD is not available then the UR nurse will contact the Facility Practice Manager (FPM) with the patients Urgent Radiology findings. A UR nurse will follow-up with both the FMD and FPM via phone and email in five (5) and ten (10) day intervals to assess the follow-up on the unit with the designated patient. Follow-up includes:

  • Scheduling of a provider appointment
  • Scheduling of follow-up testing
  • Scheduling of a specialty referral

If the patient has not been scheduled for a follow-up within ten (10) days the Program Manager of CMC Quality Outcomes will contact the applicable Regional Medical Director.


(10/15/14) - Hepatitis C: The Future Is Now

Click here for information on Lunch and Learn

Click here for "New Treatment Strategies for Hepatitis C in HIV and Non-HIV Patients"


Important Drug Recall: Vancomycin Hydrochloride Sterile Powder, 1 Gram Injection Recall by Hospira

(10/15/14) -Hospira is recalling the following lot of Vancomycin Hydrochloride for Injection, USP, 1 Gram due to the possibility that the product may have experienced temperature excursions during shipment to a customer which was then further distributed by the customer.

There have been no adverse events or complaints reported for the affected lot.

Vancomycin 1 Gram Injection by Hospira

NDC: 0409-6533-01

LOT: 35-315-DD

Expiration Date: 01 NOV 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:


Finance Department Employee of the Quarter

(10/14/14) - The CMC Finance Department employee of the quarter is David Golden.  Congratulations to David who is a Finance Specialist 1.  He processes all Travel Reimbursements, Advances, Travel Authorizations and Non-Po’s.  Since June David has much of this responsibility on his own with his co-worker out.  We continue to appreciate all his hard work and dedication in getting our CMC employees reimbursed in a timely manner.     


Welcome to Correctional Managed Care

(10/17/14) - Please join UTMB- CMC, Region III - Beaumont in welcoming our newest employees hired on 10/6/2014.

(L-R) Kimberly Logan, LVN, Plane; Courtney Gazaway, CMA, Lewis; and Lisa Dombrose, LVN, Plane

(10/14/14) - Please join UTMB Region I (Beeville) in welcoming our September 22nd & October 6th, 2014 new hires to UTMB - CMC.  Rebecca Munoz, LVN – Connally;  Lorain Brown, LVN - Connally;  Kathryn Winkler, NCIII – McConnell; JoAnn Perez, LVN - McConnell.  Welcome All to UTMB – Correctional Managed Care! 

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

L-R:  Carla Bayliff, LVN, Michael; Beverly Stampley, CCA, Michael; Meredith Smith, LVN, Michael.

(10/14/14) - Please join the Huntsville Area (Region 2) in welcoming the following employees to the exciting world of Correctional Managed Care. Top Row: Brenda O’Neil, RN/Polunsky. Middle Row: Debra Callahan Reynolds RN/Dialysis-Estelle and Nelva Baxter, PCT/Estelle. Bottom Row: Olubunmi Oketunmbi RN/Estelle, Demoncia Mouton, Dialysis PCT/Dialysis-Estelle and Abosede Fakorede, PCT/Estelle.


ACA Election Results

(10/13/14) - The American Correctional Association’s general election results are in. Congratulations to our own Dr. Lannette Linthicum, who is ACA’s president-elect for 2014. Dr. Linthicum is the first physician ever elected to this position. Her extensive experience in correctional medicine along with her proven leadership skills will undoubtedly further ACA’s mission to improve the delivery of health care to offenders within the correctional environment. Congratulations also go to three members of CMC-TDCJ Health Services who were elected to Delegate Assembly positions, including Carol Brooks (Institutional Line Operating Personnel–Adult) and Paula Reed and Myra Walker (Correctional Health). Click here for a listing of all the 2014 election winners.


Welcome to Correctional Managed Care

(10/13/14) - Please join us in welcoming Dr. Michael Riggs, to Region 1, (Gatesville) Lane Murray Unit.

(10/13/14) - Please join the Houston Area in welcoming the new hires from 10/6/2014.

L-R front – Katheryn Crumrine – Correctional Clinical Associate at Stringfellow, Diedre Young, Patient Care Technician at CS Young, Shernika Monmouth – Certified Medication Aide at Darrington, Lindsay Landry – Vocational Nurse at CS Young, Shannon Schattle – Nurse Clinician at CS Young, Bridget McKinney – Vocational Nurse at CS Young, Barbara Mark – Vocational Nurse at Stringfellow
L-R back - Felisha Marsh – Correctional Clinical Associate at Ramsey, Mary Evans – Correctional Clinical Associate at Stringfellow, Veronica Youngblood – Correctional Clinical Associate at Ramsey, Dr Walid Hamoudi – Physician II at Jester IV

(10/13/14) - Please join the Houston Area in welcoming the new hires from 9/22/14.

L-R – Becky Bosquez – Patient Care Technician at CS Young, Laura Johnson – Patient Care Technician at CS Young, Angela Hurd – Mental Health Clinician at Darrington


Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)

(10/10/14) - The Clinical Education Department has updated their CNE (Continuing Nursing Education) website.  Go take a look, meet the faces behind the department, and tell us what you think!


SCHEDULED PRS OUTAGE 10/12/2014

(10/8/14) - On Sunday 10/12/2014 PRS services will be unavailable from 7pm -9pm.
We will be performing maintenance on our servers and this will require a reboot of the servers to complete the task.

Please notify all users. This will affect all clients (TDCJ and TJJD).


Celebrating Success and Learning in the Rio Grande Valley

(10/7/14) - On September 20, 2014, at the Berry Center in Houston, Texas, Ms. Perla Flores, CCA from the Willacy Unit, realized a lifelong dream as she walked across the stage to receive her baccalaureate diploma from the University of Phoenix for completing her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and Institutional Health Care with Honors. Click here to read the entire article.


Employee Advisory Council Call for Nominations!

(10/7/14) - The EAC is looking for four (4) candidates to replace members who have completed their commitment to the council. Our thanks go to the following members who have completed their commitment: Julie Cantini (Institutional Support), Craig Kovacevich (Hospitals & Clinics), Janet Gonzalez (CMC) and Jennifer Anderson (Academic Enterprise).  One candidate will fill the vacant CMC position.  

Nominations will be accepted from October 6 – 24, 2014, with elections starting November 3, 2014 and concluding November 21, 2014. To be placed on the ballot as a nominee for the 2014 elections, complete the following steps:
1. Visit the EAC website at http://blogs.utmb.edu/EAC and review the EAC Bylaws
2. Provide a brief biography that describes your role at UTMB (less than 300 words) and a statement about why you want to serve on the EAC. Include all your contact information (Employee ID#, email, phone number, and department).
3. Provide an up to date professional digital photo of yourself to be placed on the EAC website for review from your peers.
4. Supply a statement of support from your supervisor/manager indicating your ability to devote 3-5 hours each month for the three (3) year commitment period to the council.
5. Email your biographical information, statement of why you want to be elected, supervisor endorsement and your digital photo to Susanne Johnston (sjohnsto@utmb.edu) by deadline; October 24, 2014.

Click on the link to read the full article. 


Hughes Employee of the Quarter

(10/7/14) - The Hughes staff would like to Congratulate William Hull, MHM, for being selected as the Employee of the Quarter.    Click here to read the entire article.


NOTICE OF NEW FORM in PEARL

(10/6/14) - In accordance with TDCJ Administrative Plan, the “TDCJ Referral to Mental Health Services” form may be submitted by security for offenders in segregation for whom security is concerned about their mental wellness.  Section II of the form should be completed by a QMHP.  The form should then be scanned into the EMR and placed in the Mental Health Sick Call Request chart section before it is sent to the warden.  The warden will keep the original document in the offender’s classification file.

The name of the document in the FORMS section of Pearl is MH-REFERRAL TO MENTAL HEALTH.


Skyview/Hodge Rewards and Recognition

(10/6/14) - The Rewards and Recognition awards for June, July and August were held over the last three months.  During this time fourteen employees were recognized.  Click here to read the entire article.


OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

(10/6/14) - For all females 40+ years old (and gentlemen with a special someone) this article is for you. Make sure that you and/or someone you love has their annual screening mammogram.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2014 are:

  • About 232,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
  • About 62,570 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
  • About 40,000 women will die from breast cancer

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman's death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Early detection through annual mammography screening is the single most important thing you can do to ensure a long, happy cancer-free life.

 

 

Stage

5-year Survival Rate

0

100%

I

100%

II

93%

III

72%

IV

22%



October 2014 Pill Pass Newsletter

(10/6/14) - The Pill Pass Newsletter is a quarterly publication of the Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee and provides updates on P&T actions, FDA Safety Advisories, and other relevant drug topics.  Please let one of the editors know if you have a drug topic that you would like to see published in the next issue.  Click here to view the October 2014 Pill Pass Newsletter.


CMC Employee Recognition Awards

(10/3/14) - One of the highlights of our annual CMC Summer Conference in Houston last month was the announcement of the finalists for the eight categories of the Employee Services Awards. For those of you who were unable to attend the conference, click here to see a list of the TDCJ and TJJD award winners. Each of the award finalists received a plaque, and the first-place winners received $500. We had a great response to our call for nominees, with nearly 200 nominations submitted. Click here for a list of all the nominees.

If you should happen to see any of these honorees, please offer them your congratulations for their outstanding contributions in helping us carry out the mission of Correctional Managed Care. I’d also like to commend the members of the Employee Recognition Committee for all the time and effort they dedicated to this project.

Owen


Important Drug Recall Notice: 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, 500 ml Viaflex Container

(10/2/14) - 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. 

Baxter is recalling the following lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 500 ml in a VIAFLEX Plastic container because the product may not meet sterility claims. Complaints of mold in the overpouch were noted.

This recall is a Class II recall is defined as a situation in which the use of or exposure to the product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences; or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.

This recall is a Class II recall is defined as a situation in which the use of or exposure to the product may cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences; or where the probability of serious adverse health consequences is remote.

0.9% Sodium Chloride injection 500 ml IV bag by Baxter

NDC: 0338-0049-03

Product Code: 2B1323N

Lot number: C926642

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:


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