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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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UT Health Tyler Junior Volunteer summer program applications available

Tyler, TX (March 20, 2018) UT Health Tyler Volunteer Resources is accepting applications from high school students to earn community service hours and become a junior volunteer this summer.

This program provides an opportunity for high school students, who think they are interested in a health care career, to work in multiple hospital departments and feel and experience the hospital environment,” said Joyce Brown, director of volunteers, UT Health Tyler.

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Spring Into Good Health

“Spring into Good Health,” an annual family event that includes health screenings and education, is scheduled for Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking area of the UT Health North Tyler clinic, located at 2231 West Gentry Parkway. Sponsored by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler’s Center for Rural Community Health, the event brings attention to Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is the number two cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., with mortality rates for men and women higher in Northeast Texas than in other parts of the state and country (...

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