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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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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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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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Chris Nolan, community paramedic with UT Health East Texas Mobile Integrated Health (MIH), monitors Patricia Daker’s vital signs during a home visit. The UT Health MIH program is a free...
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Pictured L-R: Greg LaMay, UT Health East Texas EMS Clinical Director; Dr. Yagnesh Desai, UT Health East Texas EMS/AIR 1 Medical Director; John Smith, CEO of UT Health East Texas EMS/Air 1; Jimmy Zednick, UT Health East Texas EMS Director of Operations.

Tyler, Texas (June 30, 2020) -UT Health...

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Tyler, Texas (June 27, 2020) - UT Health East Texas has a new clinic offering primary and acute care for adults. Located at 1100 E. Lake St., Suite 160, the clinic is open 8 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday.

Adult patients can receive routine care or sick visits, physicals, vaccines, chronic disease management and more. Please call 903-877-5400 to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins also are welcome.

About UT Health East Texas

UT Health East Texas provides care to thousands of patients each year through an extensive...

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Tyler, Texas (April 10, 2020) — Three healthcare finance leaders have joined UT Health East Texas, according to Donald Baker, chief operating officer/chief financial officer (COO/CFO) for the health system. Julie Krc, Chrissy Ramsey and Debra Lee will serve as CFOs at facilities and organizations within the division.

“We are excited to welcome Julie, Chrissy and Debra to UT Health East Texas,” Baker said. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit our organization immensely.”

Julie Krc is transitioning to CFO of UT...

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