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For as long as she can remember, Marigold “Gold” Suarez, knew she wanted a career in healthcare.

“I’ve always been fascinated with the healthcare industry,” said Suarez, director of therapy services at UT Health Tyler. “As far back as I could remember, even as a kid, I role-played being a doctor and considered pursuing medical school.”

However, during her undergraduate studies in college she had the opportunity to visit a rehabilitation center, where she was introduced to physical therapy. She was moved by the close interaction between therapist and patient and by the joy...

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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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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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Janice Blancad, RN, brings a servant’s heart to her job as an intermediate care nurse at UT Health Tyler. Blancad said her biggest achievement is making a difference in someone’s life. She does that by being present for her patients — actively listening to them and frequently checking to make sure they have what they need. Blancad said it’s also important to walk into a patient’s room with a smile and to show that you care about them.

“I want to be the light for my patients, their families, my coworkers and for everyone I work with because you just never know what someone is going...

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When Jamie Morrison learned she would have to deliver her baby early because she was experiencing pregnancy complications, she wasn’t worried because of her background as a NICU nurse herself.

“I was overconfident. I’ve seen these babies, I thought, ‘Oh, he’ll be fine,’” she reflects eight years later. “When you’re in that moment and it actually happens … I will admit I did not get it until it happened to me.”

Morrison said it really hit her when her 4-pound, 11-ounce-newborn was placed in a transport isolette minutes after delivery and wheeled away from her to the NICU....

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From Left: Lecia Bowman, chief nursing officer; Robin Davis, clinical/operational manager for pediatrics; Janet Kats; Vicki Briggs, CEO; and Greg Kats display some of the handmade creations that were donated to the hospital Wednesday.

When Greg and Janet Kats moved to Tyler to retire a year ago, the couple turned to hobbies to stay busy, Greg using his 3D printer to create different objects and Janet crocheting blankets and stuffed animals.

Greg, retired from a career in IT, makes miniature trains, dinosaurs and fidget toys with his 3D printer and Janet, retired from an accounting career, likes to craft with her hands.

“It keeps us busy and gives us a purpose of doing something,” Janet said. “These are things we like to do and keeps us busy, and it also helps the kids.”

With their newfound free...

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