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All survivors have one thing in common: hope. Without hope, you’ve given up the fight. Liana Fleming is the perfect portrait of a survivor. Fleming survived polio, a heart attack and multiple broken bones before being diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Cancer is a scary thing,” said Liana Fleming. “Once you have it, you kind of sit and wonder, ‘Could it happen again?’ And it could. But then...

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This year marks a major milestone for the UT Health East Texas Rehabilitation Center – its 25th anniversary. Crucial to UT Health Rehabilitation Center’s 25 years of service to the community are the employees who have worked there since its inception. “It is a testament to our wonderful team and sense of belonging that many employees feel,” said UT Health Rehabilitation Center Administrator Laurie Lehnhof-Watts, MSN, RN.

Beginning as a 24-bed unit within UT Health Tyler, the Rehabilitation Center was officially created in 1995 with the construction and dedication of the Olympic...

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UT Health Athens achieved Healthgrades’ Labor and Delivery Excellence Award in the organization’s annual ratings. This is the third consecutive year UT Health Athens has received the award.

Healthgrades identifies hospitals that deliver top-quality care for women during and after childbirth, and for superior outcomes in surgeries to treat diseases and conditions of the female reproductive system. 

Of 1,127 eligible facilities, UT Health Athens was one of only 114 hospitals to receive this prestigious award. According to Healthgrades, patients treated in recipient hospitals...

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We cannot speak highly enough of our own caregivers, especially as we are celebrating the Rehabilitation Center’s 25th anniversary. But it’s always nice to hear it from someone else!

Harry O’Bryant recently attended our Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation program in Tyler. Upon receiving treatment, O’Bryant wrote a letter to our administration letting us know about the exceptional care and education he was receiving from the cardiac rehabilitation team, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Last month, the cardiology team at UT Health Tyler successfully completed its first implantation of the Watchman™ left atrial appendage closure device. The minimally-invasive procedure helps reduce the risk of stroke in patients who suffer from non-valvular atrial fibrillation (Afib).

Afib is a common type of cardiac arrhythmia that affects more than five million Americans. Of the 795,000 Americans who experience a stroke annually, 20 percent occur in patients with Afib. Often, Afib-related strokes are more fatal and...

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At 77 years old, Janice McMakin wasn’t sure she would be able to handle open-heart surgery when she found out she needed her mitral valve replaced for a second time. Luckily, the cardiothoracic surgery team at the UT Health East Texas Cardiovascular Institute in Tyler had a new procedure in mind for her: the transcatheter mitral valve replacement.

In 2014, McMakin had her mitral valve...

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Tyler, Texas (August 26, 2020) — UT Health Tyler has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“The Gold Plus award means that we have achieved 85% or better adherence on the quality indicators established by the American Heart Association and the American...

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Tyler, Texas (August 24, 2020) — UT Health East Texas EMS deployed two ambulances to assist statewide efforts to respond to Tropical Storms Marco and Laura.

Five EMS members departed Sunday as part of a state strike team, which also included Hopkins County and Titus Regional EMS, to respond in areas that could be impacted by the storms. The teams were staging in San Antonio before deploying to targeted locations once the storms’ paths are better known.

Roy Langford, regional director for UT Health EMS, said the strike teams respond to all weather situations...

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Belly rubs, head scratches and smiles were in abundance during a recent shift change at UT Health Tyler, as caregivers coming on or off duty stopped to interact with Therapet dogs, who lined the hallway of the hospital's skywalk.

"Nowadays it's really stressful, so it's great to see dogs," said Ashley Meador, occupational therapy assistant, as she stopped to pet one of the therapy dogs after her shift ended. "I really want a dog, so it made all the difference."

Therapet partners with UT Health East Texas to serve patients on a regular basis. However, when those visits...

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Shenna Rougely’s cell phone has been her lifeline the past few months, capturing heartbreak and triumph in the span of a few short weeks.

It is how she and her two siblings stayed in touch with doctors and nurses while both parents battled COVID-19, how she said goodbye to her father before he succumbed to the virus and how she documented her mother’s return home after 101 days at UT Health Tyler.

Scrolling back through her phone presents a brief timeline of the highs and lows. Rougely has a video from early March showing the joy of her parents, Raymond and Vearline Rougely...

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