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Tyler, Texas (November 10, 2021) — UT Health Tyler and UT Health North Campus Tyler maintained an ‘A’ rating and UT Health Henderson received its first ‘A’ in the fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospitals’ achievements protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.

This is the third consecutive A rating of UT Health Tyler and the seventh consecutive A rating for UT Health North Campus Tyler.

“UT Health East Texas has been on a journey toward high reliability...

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Tyler, Texas (November 4, 2021) — Following the CDC’s approval of the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, UT Health East Texas is prepared to begin administering vaccines to children starting Friday, Nov. 5.

“Vaccinating children is an important next step in bringing this deadly virus under control,” said Dr. Tom Cummins, division chief medical officer for UT Health East Texas. “The vaccine is safe and effective for this age range and I encourage parents to protect their children through vaccination.”

Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines will be offered without an...

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UT Health Rehabilitation Center Administrator Laurie Lehnhof-Watts (from left) is presented with a 25-year tenure award by Corey Cotton, Texas Hospital Association member ambassador for the North Texas Region.

Tyler, Texas (October 21, 2021) — UT Health East Texas Rehabilitation Center was recognized for 25 years of membership in the Texas Hospital Association.

UT Health Rehabilitation Center Administrator Laurie Lehnhof-Watts, MSN, RN, said the employees who have worked at the facility since its inception are crucial to UT Health Rehabilitation Center’s 25 years of service to the community. “It is a testament to our wonderful team and sense of belonging that many employees feel,” she said.

The center offers a wide range of services to help individuals reach their highest...

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ARBOR, MI, October 20, 2021 – The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is pleased to announce that UT Health East Texas acute care and ambulatory facilities have both earned 2021 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recognition as a...

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UT Health East Texas has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.


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Tyler, Texas (September 24, 2021) — Hali Mahaffey, a senior exercise specialist and programs coordinator with UT Health East Texas Olympic Center Tyler, was named a Rising Star Award Winner from the Medical Fitness Association.

The Rising Star Award is presented to an individual for outstanding achievement and significant leadership within the medical fitness community. The individual demonstrates exemplary interest in their medical fitness facility, members and community.

Mahaffey will receive the award at the 31st Annual MFA International Conference...

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UT Health East Texas has partnered with TheraNow to provide telemedicine and remote physical therapy and rehabilitation treatment to patients throughout East Texas.

Through this partnership, UT Health East Texas provides at-home physical therapy and rehabilitation services to patients using TheraNow's remote telehealth/telerehab platform. This technology allows recovering patients to manage appointments for therapy sessions at home under the guidance of their physician or therapist....

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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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Tyler, Texas (July 23, 2021) — The UT Health East Texas Olympic Center is pleased to announce that it has achieved its re-certification by the Medical Fitness Association, the country’s leading organization dedicated solely to medically integrated wellness and fitness facilities. This certification represents a significant commitment on the part of the UT Health East Texas Olympic Center to offer the highest standards of professional...

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Henderson, Texas (July 12, 2021) — Dr. Robert Carney and Dr. David Hector, board-certified cardiologists at Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants (CVC), have returned to Henderson to provide cardiology related services to the community in conjunction with the UT Health East Texas Heart and Vascular Institute.

“The goal of the partnership between CVC and the UT Health East Texas Heart and Vascular Institute is to provide more needed heart-care services in the communities we serve,” said Donna Bowers, division director of cardiovascular services for UT Health East Texas. “We are...

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