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When John Gaston woke up that spring morning in 2015, something didn’t feel right.

The 64-year-old was familiar with having shortness of breath because he had asthma his entire life. However, this shortness of breath, along with a lack of energy, was something new.

John called his primary care physician and was examined later that afternoon. His doctor said his heart rate was 180 beats a minute (normal is 60-100), so he asked him, “Can you drive yourself to UT Health East Texas or do you want to go by ambulance?”

“I can’t go to the hospital,” said John, “I’ve got a...

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Tyler, Texas — All UT Health East Texas Physicians clinics with the exception of those in Jacksonville, Henderson and Carthage will delay opening until 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, due to inclement weather. Clinics in in Jacksonville, Henderson and Carthage will open at the regularly scheduled time. Due to road conditions, the clinics in Gun Barrel City and Mt. Pleasant will be closed today for the remainder of the day. Clinics closed or with delayed openings will contact patients to reschedule their appointments. 

The Hideaway Lake, Cedar Creek Lake and Pittsburg Olympic...

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UT Health Jacksonville nurse Cassi Wilburn receives DAISY Award

Jacksonville, Texas — Cassi Wilbur, RN, was selected by UT Health Jacksonville as a DAISY Award winner.

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues, and Wilbur received a formal nomination from a coworker, Callie Jackson, RN.

In her nomination, Jackson described how she observed Wilbur take phenomenal care of a patient who arrived with a rapid heart rate to a crowded emergency room. Wilbur stayed with the patient while medication was administered, coaching her through what was happening and helping her to remain calm.

“Cassi showed compassion...

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Pittsburg, Texas — UT Health Pittsburg is offering a free lunch and learn seminar at noon Wednesday, February 22. The seminar will feature a presentation by William Oglesby, MD, titled Understanding Hypertension. The presentation will be at UT Health Pittsburg, Conference Room A, and a complimentary lunch will be provided.

Please register in advance using the following link: https://forms.office.com/r/kRjN7BY39V

 

Tyler, Texas (January 27, 2023) — Tracy Vinciguerra has been named CEO for UT Health East Texas Long-Term Acute Care and UT Health East Texas Rehabilitation Center, effective Jan. 31, 2023.

Vinciguerra has more than two decades of experience in healthcare leading and directing operations in acute and post-acute environments as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). 

She most recently was vice president of operations for Resolute Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Cornerstone Healthcare Group in Dallas, where she oversaw a portfolio of assigned LTAC...

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Tyler, Texas (January 27, 2023) — Primary care/sports medicine physician and running expert Rebecca Peebles, DO, is leading a six-week series to teach the basic techniques of running.

Participants can download a six-week training plan with the goal of completing a 5K at the end of the training. They also can watch a weekly video on the UT Health East Texas Facebook page covering the...

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Emergency responders often face high levels of stress daily, which is why UT Health East Texas EMS/AIR 1 is trying to counter that stress with a new member among the ranks.

Apollo Wiggins, a 34-pound Labradoodle, started coming to the office with his owner, Kristi Wiggins, clinical coordinator and flight nurse for EMS and AIR1 in October as a way to help EMS employees decompress and deal with the stress they face on the job.

“The mental health of our crews and our dispatchers is extremely important to us,” said John Smith, CEO of UT Health EMS/AIR 1. “We already have a...

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Tracy Vinciguerra has been named CEO for UT Health East Texas Long-Term Acute Care and UT Health East Texas Rehabilitation Center, effective Jan. 31, 2023.

Vinciguerra has more than two decades of experience in healthcare leading and directing operations in acute and post-acute environments as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). 

She most recently was vice president of operations for Resolute Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Cornerstone Healthcare Group in Dallas, where she oversaw a portfolio of assigned LTAC hospitals, rehabilitation and behavioral...

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Allison Hennigan, MD, board-certified neurologist with UT Health East Texas Neurological Institute discusses migraines. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 903-596-DOCS.

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Cindy Hilliard, 64, doesn’t exactly remember when the irregular heartbeats started.

“It’s been about 5-6 years now, but I probably ignored them for quite some time before,” she said.

A truck driver who crisscrossed the U.S. for 18 years, Cindy enjoyed driving, especially on her favorite route. She would start at her home in Winnsboro, travel to Dallas, Los Angeles and Reading, Pennsylvania, before returning to Dallas and then back home – a journey over 5,800 miles that lasted 5 days.

“I never got to see many popular sites because of time constraints and because I...

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