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A catheterization laboratory or cath lab, is an examination room with diagnostic imaging equipment used to examine the arteries and chambers of the heart and treat any stenosis or abnormality found.

At UT Health East Texas Cardiac Plaza, recent renovations included an update to the cath lab....

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Tyler, Texas (March 30, 2023) —  As UT Health East Texas marks its five-year anniversary, the health system is celebrating not only the expansion of services in East Texas, but also sizable investment in the communities we serve. 

Since its formation in March 2018 through the combination of East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System (ETMC) and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UT Health Northeast), UT Health East Texas has significantly grown its physician base, added new specialties and expanded healthcare options such as telehealth...

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By Marci Wright, UT Health East Texas

Are you over the age of 35? Are you overweight? Do you have high cholesterol, high blood pressure or a family member with diabetes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be at risk for developing diabetes. The good news is that diabetes can be prevented. April is Defeat Diabetes Month and here are five simple tips to help you do just that.

  1. Lose weight. The American Diabetes Association recommends a 7% to 10% weight loss for diabetes prevention, which would be about 15-20 pounds for many...
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As we celebrate Healthcare HR Week, we highlight the career journey of Jennifer Rummel, who recently was promoted to Market Vice President of Human Resources. Healthcare HR Week — the third week of March — is designated to recognize human resources professionals in healthcare organizations across the nation for their important role across the continuum of care.

Jennifer Rummel, Vice President of Human Resources at UT Health East Texas, was raised around a healthcare setting and knew from a very young age that was the profession she planned to pursue. Growing up,...

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Patient starts an on-demand video visit with a healthcare provider

For the Dixon household in Palestine, the day usually starts with mom, dad and their two kids getting dressed and heading out to work and school.

However, one morning in February, everyone left the house except mom, who wasn’t feeling well. Leah Dixon, 40, the chief operating officer of the UT Health East Texas Physicians Group, woke with symptoms of a sore throat and sinus congestion, so she decided to work from home.

Unfortunately, her symptoms got progressively worse during the morning. Leah decided to access UT Health East Texas...

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When you are sick at home and cannot get out to visit a healthcare provider, there is now a service that helps you get personalized healthcare in the comfort of your own home: on-demand video visits.

Leah Dixon, chief operating officer of UT Health East Texas Physicians, said the service is convenient and very easy to use — individuals just need to have a strong internet connection and a computer, smartphone or tablet.


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Melisa Collum is very familiar with being inside a hospital. After working at hospitals in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then Wheeling, West Virginia, Collum moved to East Texas to care for her mother.

She continued her nursing career at UT Health Athens where she worked on the medical/surgical floor, the intensive care unit and the emergency department. She collaborated with and got to know many of the doctors at the hospital, including general surgeon, Dr. Robert Dorman.

But years later, Melisa, 47,...

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As we mark this International Women’s Day, we celebrate all of the amazing women who are a part of UT Health East Texas.

From a very young age, there were signs DeLeigh Haley, UT Health Jacksonville CEO, might end up in healthcare. 

As a Whitehouse Elementary School fourth-grader, Haley chose to portray Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, on historical figures day at school. The tug toward healthcare became stronger in college, where she was studying art history, when she took a job as a file clerk in the lab at Nan Travis Memorial Hospital in...

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Tyler, Texas (February 27, 2023) — UT Health Tyler has been recognized for excellence with the Ardent Cup, the highest honor awarded by Ardent Health Services. UT Health Quitman also received honors with Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Rob Terry named CNO of the Year. 

UT Health Tyler and Rob Terry were selected among other eligible hospitals and leaders within Ardent, which includes 30 hospitals and more than 200 sites of care. Ardent operates UT Health East Texas through a joint venture with The University of Texas System.

Presented annually, the Ardent Cup...

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When Garrett Pendergast worked as a facilities analyst at UT Health East Texas, he spent more time with numbers and budgets than anything having to do with patient care. His experience with the health system changed dramatically...

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