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After 50 years doing a job he loves in nursing, the advice Charles Beene would give up-and-coming nurses is simple: “Make sure if you want go into nursing it’s what you want to do. You’ve got to like what you’re doing and if you don’t, then find something else.”

Beene recently celebrated his milestone anniversary, along with his 77th birthday, with coworkers at UT Health Tyler, the hospital where he’s worked for the majority of his career, save for a four-year stint at the Henderson hospital in the early 1980s.

Since 1985 he has served the Tyler hospital as...

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Austin, Texas (July 26, 2021) — Texas Healthcare Trustees presented the Advocate of the Year Award to Paul W. Detwiler, M.D., immediate past chair of the board of trustees of UT Health Tyler. This honor is bestowed to a hospital board member who displays outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of a hospital or health system.

“This is a much deserved award for Paul. He’s done so much for our region, for our community, for our university,” said Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun, chairman of the board of UT Health East Texas and president of The University of Texas at Tyler.


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Recharge Room

UT Health Tyler caregivers now have access to a special breakroom specifically designed to alleviate stress that often results from the fast-paced nature of working in healthcare. The space provides a calming environment where healthcare workers can escape the hospital setting and take a few minutes to rest, regroup and reenergize. 

The Recharge Room utilizes neuroscience-supported elements that facilitate emotional regulation and lower the stress levels of its visitors.  

“It only takes a few minutes in the room for caregivers to notice a decrease in their stress level,”...

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The East Texas Pin-A-Sister group was formed in 2010 after results of the Tyler Affiliate of Susan G. Komen’s community needs assessment indicated a decrease in screening mammograms among African American women residing in Smith County. The goal of the program is to encourage women, specifically African American women, to receive screening mammograms.


  1. To increase awareness of screening mammogram guidelines
  2. To reinforce the importance of early detection
  3. To introduce the UT Health East Texas HOPE Breast Center’s genetic testing program...
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Evelyn Joseph Director of Pharmacy

Evelyn Joseph is the director of Pharmacy at UT Health Carthage and UT Health Henderson. She is a member of the Ardent and the UT Health East Texas Diversity and Inclusion Council.

Evelyn Joseph was intrigued by healthcare even at an early age, often carrying around a bag with bandages in it as a young girl.

Evelyn got her heart for healthcare from her grandmother, Evelyn W. Joseph, who was a civilian licensed vocational nurse for the United States Air Force.

"She was an example of someone who cared about her family, community and those she served in the United...

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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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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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Due to continuing inclement weather and poor road conditions, all UT Health East Texas Physicians clinics will be closed for the remainder of the week. This includes the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at UT Health North Campus Tyler.

Providers will be available for telehealth appointments, which can be scheduled online at or by calling 903-596-DOCS (3627). Patients with scheduled appointments this week will be contacted to reschedule. Clinics are expected to reopen on their regular schedules Monday, Feb. 22.

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With a stroke, fast treatment is essential to the treatment and recovery of the patient. That’s why UT Health Athens and UT Health Pittsburg are proud to adopt – an artificially intelligent app that helps detect in real-time blood blockages to the brain.

Patients suspected of stroke receive a CT scan upon arrival at their local hospital. The CT scan is then sent to the physicians, via The artificially intelligent software reviews the scan and alerts the physician if there’s a suspected blockage to the brain.

“ enables the interventional neurologists to...

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New walk-in care clinic to help meet the area’s growing demand for healthcare

UT Health East Texas hosted a ribbon-cutting Wednesday for its new urgent care in Canton, 301 E. State Hwy. 243 in the Trader’s Square shopping plaza. Formerly known as “Canton Express Med,” the clinic re-opened as UT Health East Texas Urgent Care earlier this month. The hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

“We are so pleased to continue serving the Canton community by offering compassionate care that’s close to home,” said UT Health East Texas...

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