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Tyler, Texas (March 20, 2020) — To make accessing physicians easier, UT Health East Texas Physicians has launched telehealth. Telehealth appointments can be made by calling 903-596-DOCS.

  • Established patients may schedule FaceTime visits with their provider.
  • Telehealth visits also are available for new patients in need of care for an acute illness.
  • Established patients also may reach out to their provider via the patient portal.

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Tyler, Texas (February 4, 2020) — Tracy O'Daniel has been promoted to UT Health East Texas' Division Vice President of Quality. This promotion recognizes the work she has led in the areas of quality, risk, performance improvement and patient safety.

Since she started in August 2018 as division director of quality, risk and patient safety, O'Daniel has been responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of projects across quality, safety, performance, outcomes and care for UT Health East Texas, which...

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Tyler, Texas (February 3, 2020) — The cardiology team at UT Health Tyler has successfully performed its first mitral valve repair using the innovative MitraClip® procedure — a minimally invasive treatment option for people with a severe leak in the mitral valve who are too high-risk for traditional open heart surgery. The condition, called mitral regurgitation, is the most common heart valve disease. UT Health Tyler is the first in Tyler to perform this procedure.

"The MitraClip is a novel option for patients with...

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Tyler, Texas (February 3, 2020) — UT Health East Texas will offer a free Lunch and Learn seminar, titled Understanding Pain Management, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the UT Health Tyler Pavilion, 801 Clinic Drive.

Pain Management Physician Dr. Mark Hackbarth will discuss topics including understanding pain management, the key factors and treatment options for pain.

Register online at or call 903-747-4749. Seating is limited and reservations are required...

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Tyler, Texas (January 23, 2020) — UT Health East Texas, a 10-hospital, 53 clinic academic health system, recently announced changes in key leadership positions.

Donald Baker was named as the division’s COO and CFO, relocating from Hillcrest HealthCare System (HHS) in Oklahoma, another division of Ardent Health Services. Baker worked at Hillcrest for 27 years and was instrumental in leading that division’s operational turnaround when Ardent purchased the system in 2004. He is one of the most highly regarded leaders in the company and as such has...

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DAISY Award: Mary Harwell, RN

Tyler, Texas (January 7, 2020) — Mary Harwell, RN,...

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Mt. Pleasant ENT Clinic

Mt. Pleasant, Texas (January 6, 2020) — UT Health East Texas Physicians will host a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new clinic in Mt. Pleasant at 10 a.m...

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Athens Life Saving Award

Athens, Texas (December 16, 2019) — A number of individuals recently were recognized by UT Health East Texas EMS/AIR 1 for their quick...

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Tyler, Texas (December 12, 2019) UT Health East Texas has acquired Urology Tyler, PA, which will now operate as part of UT Health East Texas Urology, providing urological care through diagnostic testing that includes prostate ultrasound/biopsy, cystoscopy, CAT scan, urodynamic studies, post void residual and PSA blood test. Other services include in-...

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Food Drive Tyler

Tyler, TX (December 5, 2019) UT Health East Texas Olympic Centers last month collected 26 barrels of food that will benefit the East Texas Food Bank.

Throughout the month of November, donation barrels from the East Texas Food Bank were placed at Olympic Center locations in Tyler, Lake Palestine, Cedar Creek Lake, Jacksonville, Hideaway Lake, Chandler, Mineola, Rusk and Pittsburg. UT Health Tyler, Jacksonville and Pittsburg also had a donation barrel at their main hospital locations.

Greg Maschal, director of UT Health East Texas Olympic Centers,...

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