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Every nine seconds, someone in the United States sustains a brain injury, and according to the Brain Injury Association of America, one in every 60 Americans is living with the long-term effects of brain injury. After a brain injury, patients may experience cognitive, psychological and physical deficits that have a profound effect on their day-to-day life. Access to quality rehabilitative care after brain injury is crucial. Rehabilitation removes as many barriers as possible between the individual and their recovery goals, including maintaining their independence,...

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Install paper lanterns on the UT Health Tyler skywalk

Irma Saldana (from left), quality projects coordinator, and Paulette Franklin, risk management coordinator, help install paper lanterns on the UT Health Tyler skywalk to represent...

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UT Health East Texas has administered more than 33,198 COVID-19 vaccines in the three months since the health system began giving vaccinations. More than 19,500 of those were first doses, with the remainder being second-dose vaccines, which occur three to four weeks after the first dose.

“We are pleased to be playing such a critical role in the vaccine rollout for East Texas,” said Dr. Tom Cummins, division chief medical officer for UT Health East Texas. “It was no small challenge to stand up a vaccine clinic during the height of the pandemic, with so many of our caregivers on the...

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UT Health East Texas will launch COVID-19 vaccine appointments by phone beginning Tuesday, March 16. Those who need help navigating online sign-up or who are without access to internet can now call 903-747-4VAC (4822) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Those who have internet access do not need to call in and should continue to sign up directly at New appointments will continue to open at this link as we receive more...

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Dr. Paul Detwiler, Dr. Julie Philley, Christy Escandon, Tracy O’Daniel, Vicki Briggs, Jessica Cox and Jimmy Clark

Pictured above: – Dr. Paul Detwiler, Dr. Julie Philley, Christy Escandon, Tracy O’Daniel, Vicki Briggs, Jessica Cox and Jimmy Clark.

Tyler, Texas (March 12, 2021) — The Texas Hospital Association named UT Health Tyler, the flagship hospital of...

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Minutes after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at UT Health Jacksonville on Wednesday, Sharon Crowe discussed the impact of finally being able to get vaccinated.

“It’s a feeling of comfort, protection — to protect my mom. I haven’t gotten to see her since this started,” Crowe said through tears.

“I’ve been waiting to do this. Most of my family is in healthcare, so they’ve all been vaccinated and I feel it’s just important to get this done so we can get rid of this virus,” Crowe said.

Crowe was one of 50 Jacksonville ISD employees in the 1B category who were vaccinated...

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Andrea Cooley, DO, FACOS, board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon at the UT Health East Texas Cardiovascular Institute discusses Atrial Fibrillation: New Solutions for an Old Problem. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 903-595-6680.

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As a result of new information regarding the relationship between the cardiovascular system and COVID-19, there’s been a lot of chatter around the question of should you consider a heart scan after recovering? Answers vary depending on the individual and the severity of their stint with the virus.

If you had a mild case, or you were asymptomatic, experts do not believe it’s necessary to get a heart scan before resuming activity. However, for individuals who had a severe case of COVID-19, or for those who were hospitalized with the virus, it’s advised that you do not return to...

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Higher Quality and Cost-Efficiency Maternity Care

Tyler, Texas (February 24, 2021)) – UT Health Tyler (part of UT Health East Texas) has been recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas with a Blue Distinction® Centers+ (BDC+) for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

"Our maternity team believes every mother deserves a safe and healthy place to deliver their baby. This recognition is indicative of that commitment to providing high-quality maternity care," said Vicki Briggs, CEO of UT Health Tyler. "We are expanding on our commitment by building a neonatal...

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When Melissa Maeker, director of pharmacy for UT Health North Campus Tyler, saw the weather forecast late last week, she went into planning mode. As with previous ice storms, she planned to stay at the pharmacy for a few nights so she could still work and wouldn’t have to risk being on dangerous, icy roadways.

But this time, there was a new element added to her preparations – making sure power remained for the precious COVID-19 vaccine being kept in an ultracold freezer at the pharmacy.

“I went in Sunday afternoon with the intention of staying a few nights,” Maeker said...

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