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As we celebrate Healthcare HR Week, we highlight the career journey of Jennifer Rummel, who recently was promoted to Market Vice President of Human Resources. Healthcare HR Week — the third week of March — is designated to recognize human resources professionals in healthcare organizations across the nation for their important role across the continuum of care.

Jennifer Rummel, Vice President of Human Resources at UT Health East Texas, was raised around a healthcare setting and knew from a very young age that was the profession she planned to pursue. Growing up,...

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Patient starts an on-demand video visit with a healthcare provider

For the Dixon household in Palestine, the day usually starts with mom, dad and their two kids getting dressed and heading out to work and school.

However, one morning in February, everyone left the house except mom, who wasn’t feeling well. Leah Dixon, 40, the chief operating officer of the UT Health East Texas Physicians Group, woke with symptoms of a sore throat and sinus congestion, so she decided to work from home.

Unfortunately, her symptoms got progressively worse during the morning. Leah decided to access UT Health East Texas...

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When you are sick at home and cannot get out to visit a healthcare provider, there is now a service that helps you get personalized healthcare in the comfort of your own home: on-demand video visits.

Leah Dixon, chief operating officer of UT Health East Texas Physicians, said the service is convenient and very easy to use — individuals just need to have a strong internet connection and a computer, smartphone or tablet.


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Melisa Collum is very familiar with being inside a hospital. After working at hospitals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then Wheeling, West Virginia, Collum moved to East Texas to care for her mother.

She continued her nursing career at UT Health Athens where she worked on the medical/surgical floor, the intensive care unit and the emergency department. She collaborated with and got to know many of the doctors at the hospital, including general surgeon, Dr. Robert Dorman.

But years later, Melisa, 47,...

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As we mark this International Women’s Day, we celebrate all of the amazing women who are a part of UT Health East Texas.

From a very young age, there were signs DeLeigh Haley, UT Health Jacksonville CEO, might end up in healthcare. 

As a Whitehouse Elementary School fourth-grader, Haley chose to portray Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, on historical figures day at school. The tug toward healthcare became stronger in college, where she was studying art history, when she took a job as a file clerk in the lab at Nan Travis Memorial Hospital in...

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Tyler, Texas (February 27, 2023) — UT Health Tyler has been recognized for excellence with the Ardent Cup, the highest honor awarded by Ardent Health Services. UT Health Quitman also received honors with Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Rob Terry named CNO of the Year. 

UT Health Tyler and Rob Terry were selected among other eligible hospitals and leaders within Ardent, which includes 30 hospitals and more than 200 sites of care. Ardent operates UT Health East Texas through a joint venture with The University of Texas System.

Presented annually, the Ardent Cup...

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When Garrett Pendergast worked as a facilities analyst at UT Health East Texas, he spent more time with numbers and budgets than anything having to do with patient care. His experience with the health system changed dramatically...

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As we celebrate Black History Month, we’re spotlighting our caregivers, the diversity they bring and the difference they make at UT Health East Texas.

David Knowles approaches his job as a human resources director much like a team sport, focusing not only on the individuals, but also on the team as a whole. 

Knowles’ time as a star football player in Hondo, Texas, and then briefly in the NFL playing for the Houston Oilers in the 1980s, taught him the value of team dynamics early in life, and those lessons learned on the field have carried throughout his career. ...

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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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