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A Florida couple’s dog is back home after being cared for by an East Texas nurse. In January, David and Oneida Starr were seriously injured in a car accident in East Texas. Their eight-month-old Cavapoo dog, Coco, was also in the car but was not injured. The paramedics brought the puppy along with the couple in the ambulance to UT Health Tyler.



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Tyler, Texas (June 5, 2018) UT Health East Texas will offer a free Lunch & Learn featuring Dr. Joseph Conflitti of the UT Health Orthopedic Institute discussing the latest techniques in relieving chronic knee and hip pain. The event will be held Thursday, June 21, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the UT Health Tyler Pavilion Conference Center, 801 Clinic Dr.

“MAKOplasty® delivers a new level of precise treatment options for adults living with osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease of the knee or hip,” said Dr. Conflitti. “Benefits that may result from this minimally...

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Tyler, TX (May 30, 2018) ETMC EMS, now called UT Health East Texas EMS, has filed a motion to dismiss against the counterclaims filed by Champion EMS and Christus Trinity Mother Frances Health System in the suit concerning Champion’s repeated violation of a county ordinance and a breach of a contract among UT Health East Texas EMS and Smith County and the city of Tyler to be the area’s exclusive ambulance provider through 2040.

“These same claims were dismissed by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in 2005,” the filing states, with the court ruling that the...

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Tyler, TX (May 17, 2018) UT Health Tyler has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR ACTION Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2018. UT Health Tyler is one of only 37 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.

“We are so proud to receive this recognition,” said Dianne Adelfio, chief nursing officer. “Our team has worked hard implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.”

To receive the ACTION Registry Gold...

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Tyler, Texas (May 14, 2018) UT Health East Texas will offer a free lunch and learn seminar on the risk of stroke Monday, May 21, at the Pavilion Conference Center, 801 Clinic Dr. in Tyler. Board-certified neurologist Dr. Allison Hennigan will be the presenter.

“Stroke is the No.5 cause of death, and the leading cause of adult disability in the United States,” said Dr. Hennigan. “We will discuss the warning signs of stroke, treatment options and the steps you can take to reduce your risk.”

Free carotid artery and blood pressure screenings also will be offered from 11 a.m.-1:...

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International Academies of Emergency Dispatch

UT Health East Texas EMS has successfully completed the intensive 20-step process for reaccreditation as an Accredited Center of Excellence (ACE). The communication center is the 162nd emergency dispatch center in the world to attain the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch® (IAED™) status as an ACE for its use of the Medical Priority Dispatch System™ (MPDS®). This distinction places it among the very highest-performing emergency dispatch agencies worldwide.

ACE inspires agencies to perform superior, up-to-date public care and to employ efficient use of resources when... Read More »

UT Health East Texas Air 1, with a 33-year-old history of safe flights, avoided a collision with a drone this week after dropping off a patient at a Dallas hospital.

“We had received information from the Love Field tower about other aircraft in the area and ten seconds later a drone appears in our flight path and I had to bank to the right to avoid a collision,” said UT Health East Texas Air 1 pilot Clint Burleson. Flight medic Charles Cooper and flight nurse Celie Pyle were also on board. Burleson has been flying helicopters for over 15 years including in the military.


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Tyler, Texas (April 19, 2018) UT Health East Texas EMS, with a 50 year history of providing quality service to the communities of East Texas, rolled out its new ambulance design during a reveal celebration at EMS for its state-of-the-art units that transport over 100,000 patients each year.

“We are excited to unveil the first ambulance that features the new UT Health East Texas EMS logo and colors,” said Moody Chisholm, president and CEO of UT Health East Texas. “Over the next several months, all 50 ambulances and EMS support vehicles will be branded with the new look.”


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Scholarship Winners

Tyler, TX (April 18, 2018) UT Health Tyler honored its volunteers with a recognition luncheon at Willow Brook Country Club Wednesday, April 18, as part of national hospital volunteer week. With the theme of “Volunteers Make Each Day Brighter,” the event featured Moody Chisholm, president/CEO of UT Health East Texas as the keynote speaker.

“Volunteers are such an important part of our hospital system,” noted Chisholm. “They provide a tremendous contribution to our patients and we are so glad they give their time to assist others.”

The 132 adult, college and junior volunteers...

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Carthage, TX (April 10, 2018) UT Health East Texas announced this week Mark Leitner has been appointed chief executive officer of UT Health Carthage (formerly ETMC Carthage). Leitner also will continue to serve as the CEO of UT Health Henderson.

Leitner will oversee the 42-bed hospital in Carthage, which has served the residents of Panola County since 1950. He has been with the Henderson hospital for 13 years as CEO.

“I look forward to working with the excellent hospital staff and physicians to ensure that our patients receive the highest quality care that we can provide,”...

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