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Tyler, Texas (June 11, 2021) — Janice Reid was just coming onto her shift as a nursing assistant when she saw the harp in the second floor skywalk of UT Health Tyler.    

“I’ve waited all my life for this, to get close to this instrument,” Reid said as she captured video on her phone. “I have always been fascinated with this instrument since I was a small child, the looks, the sound, everything about it. It made my day, it created a sense of serenity and peace and joy and fulfillment.”

From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, East Texas Symphony Orchestra musician Janel Hector...

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Tyler, Texas (June 1, 2021) — Brandi Yowell, RN, with UT Health East Rehabilitation Hospital, recently was selected as a DAISY Award winner.

“This award is for nurses who provide compassionate care to patients,” Rehabilitation Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Shawna Pippin said. “Many nurses provide exceptional care to their patients but Daisy is for those that really form a bond and go above and beyond in their practice. These nurses truly shine as examples of nursing care.”

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues, and the award recipient is...

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Tyler, Texas (May 21, 2021) — Mandy Stutsman, RN, with UT Health East Texas Long-Term Acute Care (LTAC), recently was selected as a DAISY Award winner.

“This award is for nurses who provide compassionate care to patients,” LTAC Chief Nursing Officer Shawna Pippin said. “Many nurses provide exceptional care to their patients but DAISY is for those that really form a bond and go above and beyond in their practice. These nurses truly shine as examples of nursing care.”

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues, and the award recipient is chosen by a...

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Tyler, Texas (May 21, 2021) The UT Health East Texas Heart and Vascular Institute provides East Texans with an extensive array of cardiac and cardiothoracic services. Along with the development of the Heart and Vascular Institute, UT Health East Texas has renewed its long-standing partnership with Tyler Cardiovascular Consults (CVC).

“This partnership brings two well-recognized organizations together that are committed to providing quality and outstanding cardiology-related services to the patients and communities they serve,” said Donna Bowers, divisional director...

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Tyler, Texas (May 19, 2021) UT Health Tyler now offers patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AFib) an alternative to long-term blood thinners with the next-generation Watchman FLX™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Implant.

Dr. Raul Torres, MD, electrophysiologist at UT Health Tyler, implanted the first Watchman FLX device — the only FDA-approved implant proven to reduce stroke risk to people with AFib not caused by a heart valve problem.

“Left atrial appendage closure via interventional offers an alternative to patients not suitable to use blood thinners when...

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Misty Wilburn Daisy Award Recipient

Jacksonville, Texas (May 14, 2021) — Misty Wilburn, RN, with UT Health Jacksonville, was selected by UT Health East Texas as a DAISY Award winner.

“This award is for nurses who provide excellent patient care,” said Michael Hales, UT Health Jacksonville chief nursing officer. “While many people are excellent nurses, when someone takes the time to write about their experience – that’s special.”

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues and the award recipient is chosen by a committee at UT Health East Texas. Wilburn received a formal nomination from...

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Wynter Liles Daisy Award

Athens, Texas (May 5, 2021) — Lauren Mayer, RN, with UT Health Athens, and Wyntr Liles, RN, with UT Health Cedar Creek Lake, were selected by UT Health East Texas as DAISY Award winners.

“This award is for nurses who provide excellent patient care,” said Kevin Jablonski, UT Health Athens chief nursing officer. “While many people are excellent nurses, when someone takes the time to write about their experience – that’s special.”

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues and the award recipient is chosen by a committee at UT Health East Texas. Both...

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UT Health East Texas Physicians on Monday will open a COVID-19 Recovery Clinic at UT Health North Campus Tyler that is designed to treat patients who have recovered from COVID-19 but continue to experience lingering health issues.

At the clinic, a multidisciplinary team will screen, assess, treat and provide referrals for patients who continue to experience negative health effects from COVID-19. The team includes representatives from pulmonary and critical care medicine, physical therapy,...

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Tyler, Texas (May 4, 2021) — UT Health North Campus Tyler was named one of the World’s Best Hospitals 2021 by Newsweek magazine.

The acclaimed publication evaluated hospitals in 25 countries around the world this year and ranked UT Health North Campus Tyler 186 out of 334 hospitals. 

“Awards such as this reflect our commitment to creating a better healthcare experience for our patients and their loved ones, and underscore our dedication to providing world-class care, close to home,” said Cody Boyd, CEO of UT Health North Campus Tyler. “However, this is not really...

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Tyler, Texas (April 29, 2021) — UT Health Tyler, UT Health North Campus Tyler and UT Health Jacksonville maintained an 'A' rating in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospitals' achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' 'D' or 'F' grade to...

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