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Tyler, Texas (May 10, 2022) — UT Health North Campus Tyler received an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes UT Health North Campus Tyler’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.

“This is the eighth consecutive ‘A’ rating for UT Health North Campus Tyler, which is an incredible accomplishment,” said Vicki Briggs, CEO of UT Health North Campus Tyler. “This recognition underscores our commitment to patient safety and excellence for...

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Tyler, Texas (April 4, 2022) — UT Health East Texas is now offering on-demand video visits to anyone age 18 and older. On-demand video visits are a convenient way to quickly see a UT Health East Texas provider for common urgent care needs without having to travel to an office – think of it as urgent care via video wherever you are.

You can see a UT Health provider in real time for a variety of common illnesses and conditions, such as:

  • Seasonal allergies
  • Minor injuries
  • Eye irritation
  • Stomach aches
  • Colds & coughs...
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Tyler, Texas (March 9, 2022) — UT Health East Texas Rehabilitation Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Stroke Specific Rehabilitation Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

The certification recognizes health care organizations that provide clinical programs across the continuum of care for stroke patients. The certification evaluates how organizations use...

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Henderson, Texas (March 9, 2022) — Patsy McCoy lives by the words, “If you truly enjoy your work, you actually never work a day in your life.” McCoy, a certified pharmacy technician at UT Health Henderson, was honored Tuesday for 50 years of service at the hospital.

“If I didn’t like my job, I wouldn’t still be here,” McCoy said. “The atmosphere is good. If you like working with the people you’re with, your day is not hard.”

McCoy was among 160 employees UT Health East Texas honored for their length of service. Also on Tuesday, 62 employees were recognized...

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Athens, Texas (March 4, 2022) — The UT Health East Texas Sleep Disorders Center is opening a new center, located at 704 South Palestine St. in Athens, Monday, March 7.

Sleep is essential to your physical and mental well-being. Millions, however, suffer from sleep disorders that deprive them of necessary rest. The effects of sleep deprivation can be both significant and difficult to diagnose. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea can negatively impact your health by straining the heart and lungs, which can lead to increased risk of heart...

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Tyler, Texas (January 31, 2022) — The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at UT Health Tyler is now open, and its neonatology team is providing specialized care for babies who are born prematurely or have other complex care needs.  

The new NICU and renovated nursery is a combined 2,900 square feet and features nine state-of-the-art neonatal beds and the most up-to-date equipment for advanced care and monitoring.

“We are so excited we now have the ability to ensure babies delivered at UT Health Tyler can receive the most advanced care in the rare event they need...

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Tyler, Texas (January 21, 2022) — This January, primary care/sports medicine physician and running expert Rebecca Peebles, DO, is leading a six-week series to teach the basic techniques of running. When they register, participants receive a six-week training plan with the goal of completing a 5K at the end of the training.

Participants can watch a weekly video covering six topics coving the fundamentals of training and have the opportunity to ask Dr. Peebles questions about their progress:

  • Week 1: How to use the training plan
  • Week 2: Fundamentals of...
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Jacksonville, Texas (Jan. 5, 2022) — UT Health Jacksonville welcomed the first baby of the new year at 12:19 p.m. Jan. 3, 2022. Sophia Paulina Alvarez was born to Paulina Arredondo and Reyes Alvarez. She weighed 7 pounds, 12.7 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.  

“I wasn’t expecting the new baby of the year,” said Paulina, explaining that her labor originally was scheduled to be induced Thursday, Dec. 30, but a positive COVID-19 diagnosis delayed that until Monday.

Sophia arrived happy and healthy about six hours after labor was induced Monday. “Everything went great...

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UT Health Henderson welcomes first baby of the new year


Henderson, Texas (Jan. 5, 2022) — UT Health Henderson welcomed the first baby of the new year at 5:17 p.m. Jan. 1, 2022. DaBralyn Wofford was born to Areka Wofford and weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 19 inches.

Athens, Texas (Jan. 3, 2022) — UT Health Athens welcomed the first baby of the new year at 3:02 p.m. Jan. 1, 2022. Hector Damian Prado was born to Andrea Govea and Hector Prado. He weighed 5 pounds, 13.5 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

“It’s the best feeling. I had a really nice nurse (who was) understanding, kind and patient,” Govea said.

For being the first baby born in the new year, baby Hector received an assortment of gifts courtesy of the UT Health Athens OB Department.

“I feel grateful for the many gifts, but especially for my first baby on the...

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