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When Chad Jackson told his wife he had a stomach bug, he had no idea that for the next three months he would be in and out of small community hospitals with a variety of ailments. Fortunately, he recovered, and his health improved greatly after three weeks of care and exercise at the UT Health East Texas Rehabilitation Center.

Jackson, 47, has been an over-the-road truck driver for more than 27 years, driving an estimated 2.7 million miles during that time. Still, he wasn’t prepared for the rough road ahead.

Multiple illnesses...

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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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How common is abdominal pain? Acute vs chronic abdominal pain with Dr. David Young, MD.

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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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Tune in as Ann Abrameit, MD, FACOG, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist at UT Health East Texas Physicians in Lindale discusses Menopause: A Time of Transition. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 903-881-5799.

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As we celebrate Black History Month, we’re spotlighting our caregivers, the diversity they bring and the difference they make at UT Health East Texas.

Velvette Davis prides herself on being a role model for others, just as those in her life have been for her.

In fact, it was Davis’ cousin, six years her senior, who inspired Davis’ healthcare career in pharmacy. Even though that cousin didn’t finish pharmacy school because her career took a different path, Davis is proof of the impact of such role models. And she hopes she’s paving that path for the next generation...

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It could be said that Dario Gaona has known what he wants since birth.

Dario decided to surprise his parents, Leobardo Gaona Jr. and Fatima De La Hoya, by arriving six weeks before his scheduled due date. And now, at not even two weeks old, he definitely makes his desires known, especially at mealtime. 

“He’s been very vocal, especially when it comes to his feedings. I love it,” said Sylvia Navarro, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit RN.

Dario became the first patient in the UT Health Tyler NICU when he arrived at 1:41 a.m. Feb. 4, several weeks before his March 16 due...

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As we celebrate Black History Month, we’re spotlighting our caregivers, the diversity they bring and the difference they make at UT Health East Texas.

Shonda Marsh comes from a family where healthcare runs deep. Her mother, uncle, sister, cousins and relatives as far back as they can trace the family tree have had a hand in healthcare professions. But her biggest influence by far is her maternal grandmother, who she credits to inspiring not only her interest in healthcare, but also her drive for advancing diversity and inclusion.

“She grew up in the segregated South...

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As you get older, keeping up with your health becomes much more important. That’s why it’s vital to get the health screenings that can identify serious illnesses, perhaps long become they become severe cases.

For men, the most prevalent form of cancer is prostate cancer, with 3 million cases occurring in the U.S. every year. Fortunately, it can often be diagnosed early in men who undergo a prostate exam.

We’ve asked Dr. Clark Wilson, a board-certified urologist at UT Health East Texas in Tyler, to answer some of the more common questions about prostate cancer.

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