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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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Music and Medicine program

Dan Kyzer, UT Tyler adjunct professor of guitar, plays guitar in the UT Health Tyler lobby on Wednesday as part of the new Music and Medicine partnership between UT Health East Texas and UT Tyler.

Tyler, Texas (April 23, 2021) — The soothing sound of guitar strings greeted patients, visitors and staff at UT Health Tyler this week, part of a new Music and Medicine partnership between UT Health East Texas and The University of Texas at Tyler.

“We all understand the healing power of music and the impact it can have in...

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Pittsburg, Texas (April 16, 2021) — UT Health East Texas caregivers vaccinated nearly 200 Pilgrim’s employees against COVID-19 this week during a two-day vaccine clinic at the company’s truck shop on Texas Street.

For Karen Nelson, transportation coordinator for the feed mill, getting the vaccine required little more than a walk across the parking lot.

“It was quick, very easy,” she said, adding that the shot was painless. Nelson said she wanted to receive the vaccine “so that we can relieve some of the pressure and be part of the solution of getting this...

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Sheree Gates receives the 2020 UT Health East Texas Telecommunicator of the Year award from Ivan Leon, UT Health East Texas EMS/ AIR 1 Communications Manager.

Tyler, Texas (April 15, 2021) — In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week (April 12-17, 2021), UT Health East Texas EMS is recognizing the pivotal role its emergency dispatchers play every day.

Working from UT Health East Texas EMS headquarters in Tyler, a team of 27 dispatchers is responsible for answering emergency calls for EMS services within Smith...

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Tyler, Texas (April 14, 2021) — UT Health East Texas Interim Market CEO Donald Baker offered his congratulations to Kevin Eltife on his reappointment to The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Gov. Greg Abbott.

"Chairman Eltife has been a passionate supporter of UT Health East Texas and its goal of improving the health of East Texans," Baker said. "Our mission is caring for people — our patients, their families and each other — while educating and developing the caregivers of the future. Kevin Eltife has shown his commitment to our mission and vision...

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UT Health Tyler celebrates NICU construction by donating nine trees

A group of UT Health Tyler leaders and medical staff gathered at Lindsey Park in March to help plant the nine trees UT Health Tyler donated to the city of Tyler Parks and Recreation Department. The trees represent the nine beds being added as part of the hospital’s NICU construction.

Tyler, Texas (April 12, 2020) — UT Health Tyler donated nine trees to the city of Tyler Parks and Recreation Department this spring to commemorate the groundbreaking for the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Since a traditional...

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Install paper lanterns on the UT Health Tyler skywalk

Irma Saldana (from left), quality projects coordinator, and Paulette Franklin, risk management coordinator, help install paper lanterns on the UT Health Tyler skywalk to represent...

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UT Health East Texas has administered more than 33,198 COVID-19 vaccines in the three months since the health system began giving vaccinations. More than 19,500 of those were first doses, with the remainder being second-dose vaccines, which occur three to four weeks after the first dose.

“We are pleased to be playing such a critical role in the vaccine rollout for East Texas,” said Dr. Tom Cummins, division chief medical officer for UT Health East Texas. “It was no small challenge to stand up a vaccine clinic during the height of the pandemic, with so many of our caregivers on the...

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Dr. Paul Detwiler, Dr. Julie Philley, Christy Escandon, Tracy O’Daniel, Vicki Briggs, Jessica Cox and Jimmy Clark

Pictured above: – Dr. Paul Detwiler, Dr. Julie Philley, Christy Escandon, Tracy O’Daniel, Vicki Briggs, Jessica Cox and Jimmy Clark.

Tyler, Texas (March 12, 2021) — The Texas Hospital Association named UT Health Tyler, the flagship hospital of...

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Minutes after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at UT Health Jacksonville on Wednesday, Sharon Crowe discussed the impact of finally being able to get vaccinated.

“It’s a feeling of comfort, protection — to protect my mom. I haven’t gotten to see her since this started,” Crowe said through tears.

“I’ve been waiting to do this. Most of my family is in healthcare, so they’ve all been vaccinated and I feel it’s just important to get this done so we can get rid of this virus,” Crowe said.

Crowe was one of 50 Jacksonville ISD employees in the 1B category who were vaccinated...

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