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COVID-19 patients share stories of recovery at UT Health Tyler

Roy Anderson and Vivian Schumer arrived at UT Health Tyler within 24 hours of one another, both gravely ill from COVID-19. They both spent weeks on a ventilator and were celebrated with viral videos of hospital staff cheering as they “graduated” from ICU and were wheeled to a different unit. On Friday, both were discharged from the hospital where they spent almost a month.

“I’m doing great,” Schumer said. “I’m ready to get out!”

While both Schumer, 80, and Anderson, 58, will be heading to...

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Tyler, Texas (April 10, 2020) — Three healthcare finance leaders have joined UT Health East Texas, according to Donald Baker, chief operating officer/chief financial officer (COO/CFO) for the health system. Julie Krc, Chrissy Ramsey and Debra Lee will serve as CFOs at facilities and organizations within the division.

“We are excited to welcome Julie, Chrissy and Debra to UT Health East Texas,” Baker said. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will benefit our organization immensely.”

Julie Krc is transitioning to CFO of UT...

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Tyler, Texas (April 3, 2020) — During this COVID-19 pandemic, UT Health East Texas is quickly changing the way we deliver care to support social distancing where possible.  UT Health East Texas is adhering to the Stay-Safe-At-Home initiative which has drastically reduced the number of patient visits, treatments and procedures. Consequently, UT Health East Texas will relocate the inpatient adult behavioral health program currently based at 4101 University Blvd, to our UT Health North Campus Tyler hospital effective April 13, 2020. 

The location change to the North...

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One local family found a way to stay connected while their daughter was treated at UT Health Tyler.

While his 2-year-old daughter was being treated at the hospital, Ben would stand outside the front of the hospital and talk to her while she waved down from the window above.

The hospital is limiting visitors due to COVID-19, and pediatric patients are allowed to have one family member stay with them. Mom Christy decided to stay at the hospital, so Ben returned home to care for the couple’s two sons.

They realized...

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Tyler, Texas (March 20, 2020) — To make accessing physicians easier, UT Health East Texas Physicians has launched telehealth. Telehealth appointments can be made by calling 903-596-DOCS.

  • Established patients may schedule FaceTime visits with their provider.
  • Telehealth visits also are available for new patients in need of care for an acute illness.
  • Established patients also may reach out to their provider via the patient portal.

“At our...

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March 8-14 is Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week. UT Health East Texas offers 11 cardiopulmonary rehabilitation clinics across East Texas. Most of our clinics are equipped to offer both pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation on-site. However, there are distinct differences between each program. Registered respiratory therapist, Jordan Allen, RRT, explains the similarities and differences between the two programs.

While both programs combine exercise and education to improve a patient’s quality of life, pulmonary...

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Heartache often is a part of life. Brent and Donna Holt of Palestine have experienced heartaches, but not the kind you might think. Both have experienced heart valve disease, but like many loving couples, they pulled together to conquer it.

Brent’s journey started in February 2018 when he was diagnosed with myelodysplastic...

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Did you know…

  • Cardiovascular disease is the most common complication of diabetes?
  • People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have cardiovascular disease?
  • 65 percent of those with diabetes die of a heart attack or stroke?

The good news is that complications of diabetes, including cardiovascular complications, are preventable by seeing your primary care provider for regular check-ups and living a healthy lifestyle. The diabetes treatment plan includes a healthy way of eating, regular physical activity, taking medications as...

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Mistie Williams, a healthy, 42-year-old wife and mother of two, was at her parents’ home in Gun Barrel City with her family and friends on Aug. 31. It was her daughter’s first weekend home from college, and they were enjoying their Labor Day weekend together. Without warning, everything changed.


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Tyler, Texas (February 4, 2020) — Tracy O'Daniel has been promoted to UT Health East Texas' Division Vice President of Quality. This promotion recognizes the work she has led in the areas of quality, risk, performance improvement and patient safety.

Since she started in August 2018 as division director of quality, risk and patient safety, O'Daniel has been responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of projects across quality, safety, performance, outcomes and care for UT Health East Texas, which...

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