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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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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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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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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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Curtis Cason was sitting in bed talking to his wife when, at age 43, his heart unexpectedly stopped beating. Through the efforts of the UT Health EMS dispatcher who coached his wife through CPR, the ambulance crew that arrived on scene and the cardiac team that cared for him at UT Health Tyler, Cason was able to walk out of the hospital just over two weeks later.

“My heart just stopped,” Cason recalled of that December night. “The last thing I remember is me and my wife at home discussing Scriptures out of the Bible, and she later told me I slumped over and couldn’t breathe.”...

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After completing her Bachelor of Science in healthcare management, Rachel Villanueva, pediatric clinic manager for UT Health East Texas Physicians on Fifth Street, was planning on finally relaxing after earning her degree, several years in the making.

“I thought I was done with school,” Villanueva recalled with a chuckle just days after applying for a master’s of health administration program at The University of Texas at Tyler. “I was like, ‘When this bachelor’s degree comes through, I am done!’”

But Villanueva changed her mind after benefitting from UT Health East Texas’...

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Quitman, Texas — After more than 40 years practicing medicine in Quitman, Dr. Beverly Waddleton will start the new year in a new way — retired.

Waddleton officially retires Jan. 1 after four decades treating patients in her hometown of Quitman.

 “It has been a very rewarding 40 years,” she said. “I look back now and some of the things I did seem almost surreal now.”

Waddleton said the desire to become a physician struck her the summer after she graduated high school.

“I think it was just kind of a spiritual calling. I grew up with my family...

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Having a newborn in the neonatal intensive care unit can be stressful any time of year, but having a baby in the NICU during the holidays can be even more trying for a family. A Tyler woman and her nonprofit organization is hoping to ease the burden by delivering care packages to the UT Health Tyler NICU.

Lexi Sullivan on Monday delivered the care packages on behalf of Eve’s Victory, an organization with the mission of bringing hope to families struggling with premature birth, miscarriage, stillbirth, having a disabled and/or ill baby or the loss of a child.

“It’s isolating...

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Tyler, Texas (November 29, 2022) — Ollie Flores always had a calling for helping others, knowing he wanted to work in healthcare from a young age. But after a challenging few years working as a traveling nurse during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was facing burnout and had started to think about leaving the profession altogether.

But then his son, Teddy, was born requiring immediate care in the UT Health Tyler neonatal intensive care unit. Witnessing the NICU team’s skilled, compassionate care for his son and their enduring teamwork reignited his passion for the...

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