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Pittsburg, Texas (December 6, 2022) — Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, UT Health Pittsburg was named a Top Rural Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard-setters for...

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Tyler, Texas (November 3, 2022) — UT Health East Texas, in partnership with Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants, has opened the newly renovated Cardiac Plaza, an almost $9 million investment that expanded the UT Health East Texas Heart and Vascular Institute to provide an Advanced Heart Failure Clinic and Atrial Fibrillation Clinic, as well as a Sleep Disorders Center, in one convenient location, 2608 McDonald Road.

“This Cardiac Plaza represents Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants and UT Health East Texas’ commitment to caring for patients in East Texas. It is a significant...

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Tyler, Texas (September 8, 2022) — UT Health Tyler’s Digestive Disease Center now offers patients receiving a colonoscopy an enhanced screening with the aid of GI Genius™ intelligent endoscopy module. The GI Genius™ module employs artificial intelligence (AI) to help physicians detect polyps — a powerful new ally in the fight against colorectal cancer.

The GI Genius™ module uses advanced AI software to highlight suspicious polyps with a visual marker in real time — serving as the gastroenterologist’s ever-vigilant second observer with a sensitivity rate per lesion of 100%....

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Tyler, Texas (August 3, 2022) — UT Health Tyler has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.


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Tyler, Texas (June 17, 2022) — The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to UT Health Tyler and UT Health South Broadway laboratories based on results of a recent onsite inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

“This again recognizes our laboratories’ long history of excellence and CAP accreditation, arising from the diligence our laboratory personnel bring to work every day to serve our patients,” said Brent R. Harris, MD, the lab facilities’ medical director.

During the CAP accreditation...

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Tyler, Texas (June 16, 2022) — UT Health East Texas EMS will host about 20 emergency medical technicians from the island of Guam this summer so they can receive clinical field training to become accredited in advanced life support techniques.

“They’re going to experience high performance 911 training through UT Health East Texas EMS and receive training from paramedics who are actively working in the field,” said TC Howard, chief operating officer of the School of EMS, which helped coordinate the effort.

Howard said he was contacted by Guam Fire Department officials...

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Tyler, Texas (June 16, 2022) — Physicians from UT Health East Texas and Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants (CVC) successfully completed the first full convergent procedure in East Texas. The minimally invasive procedure is a team effort between a cardiac surgeon and an electrophysiologist (EP) to treat patients with chronic atrial fibrillation (Afib), a condition where the heart has an inconsistent electrical rhythm resulting in an irregular heartbeat.

Symptoms of Afib include a racing heart, shortness of breath, lightheadedness or dizziness. While medication or catheter...

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Tyler, Texas (May 20, 2022) — HealthFirst TPA, a division of UT Health East Texas, has been recognized among the nation’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.

The annual recognition program honors 150 companies throughout the healthcare industry that “empower employees to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services.” Modern Healthcare will announce the rankings at their annual gala in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sept. 29. HealthFirst also was named to the list in 2019.

“The quality of the culture at...

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Tyler, Texas (May 20, 2022) — UT Health East Texas EMS has earned a fifth consecutive, three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its compliance with national standards of excellence, receiving a perfect score from the reviewers. UT Health East Texas EMS is one of only 180 ambulance services in the country to successfully complete the voluntary review process, which included completion of a comprehensive...

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Jacksonville, Texas (May 13, 2022) — Melody Sharp, RN, recently was selected as a DAISY Award winner.

“Melody is a remarkable nurse. She started here as a graduate vocational nurse and worked here as an LVN while attending school to get her RN,” said Michael Hales, chief nursing officer for UT Health Jacksonville. “Now as a registered nurse in the ICU she’s flexible, adaptable and sets the example for her peers in how to care for our patients at UT Health Jacksonville.”

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

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