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The future looked bright for Cody Westbrook, 32, from Garrison, Texas. He was about to start a new job at Lockheed Martin. He had also picked out a new puppy; an English bulldog/pitbull mix he named Capone. But on a rainy night in May 2021, everything changed.

Cody and Capone were driving through Rusk County during heavy rain when his truck hydroplaned on the highway, went off the road and struck a tree.

When he regained consciousness, Cody was pinned inside the truck. He couldn’t find his phone, but he could reach his pistol, so he fired a few times into the ground to get...

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Two UT Health Athens nurses received DAISY Awards for their extraordinary on-the-job care.

Stephanie Beddingfield, RN, “exhibited total patient focus, integrity, leadership, stewardship, teamwork,” according to her nomination form, written by the patient’s wife, who noted that when he was discharged, Beddingfield even pulled their truck into the loading area in the pouring rain.

“She was so kind, sweet and caring — we’ve had many experiences the last two years and your staff has been the most caring and knowledgeable! Thank you so much, Stephanie was great...

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Tyler, Texas (April 4, 2022) — UT Health East Texas is now offering on-demand video visits to anyone age 18 and older. On-demand video visits are a convenient way to quickly see a UT Health East Texas provider for common urgent care needs without having to travel to an office – think of it as urgent care via video wherever you are.

You can see a UT Health provider in real time for a variety of common illnesses and conditions, such as:

  • Seasonal allergies
  • Minor injuries
  • Eye irritation
  • Stomach aches
  • Colds & coughs...
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The American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day serves as a reminder that many of us are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Approximately 90-95% of people diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Diabetes affects 34.2 million or about 10.5% of Americans. So, who exactly is at risk?


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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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