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A distance of more than 300 miles didn’t stop a proud grandmother from spreading love to newborns at UT Health Tyler.

Nancy Savinelli said her own six grandchildren serve as her inspiration for making the crocheted baby blankets she donates to different baby organizations, including the UT Health Tyler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“Children are such blessings,” Savinelli said. “I feel it is rewarding to give my blankets to others and it warms my heart.”

Savinelli, who with her husband of 38 years, Peter, retired from IBM to the Texas Hill Country and now lives in...

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Man and doctor discuss vasectomy surgery.

Have you been considering a vasectomy? As you consider this option, questions are sure to arise. We have gathered a few of the most popular questions related to having a vasectomy and have compiled the answers here. Be sure to consult with your healthcare provider for specific information and recommendations that apply to your personal health needs.

UT Health East Texas Urology offers vasectomy procedures in Tyler, Athens and surrounding communities. For more information on this procedure, or to schedule an appointment, visit uthealtheasttexas.com/vasectomies.

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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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As more than 50 resident physicians started their training throughout East Texas this month, Dr. Christian Ferrer, a board-certified family medicine physician practicing in Quitman, offers a unique perspective on the experience these residents are embarking on as part of the growing residency program partnership between The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas.

It wasn’t so long ago that Ferrer arrived in East Texas himself as one of the Health Science Center’s Family Medicine: Rural Medicine residents at UT Health Pittsburg. Remaining close...

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Nursing leaders at UT Health Tyler are pictured with nurse externs.

UT Health East Texas is hiring nursing students as externs while they complete their required clinical hours in a new program that benefits not only the nursing students but the hospital as well. 

“Our entire vision and intent was to create an environment where students felt like they were accepted, they were treated as part of the team and they got an experience that they would not have otherwise gotten,” said Lecia Bowman, MSN, RNC, chief nursing officer for UT Health Tyler and UT Health North Campus Tyler. “The feedback from those who have graduated was exactly what we wanted to...

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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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