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Matthew Boehme, DO
Primary Care
UT Health East Texas Physicians Jacksonville

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Minutes after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at UT Health Jacksonville on Wednesday, Sharon Crowe discussed the impact of finally being able to get vaccinated.

“It’s a feeling of comfort, protection — to protect my mom. I haven’t gotten to see her since this started,” Crowe said through tears.

“I’ve been waiting to do this. Most of my family is in healthcare, so they’ve all been vaccinated and I feel it’s just important to get this done so we can get rid of this virus,” Crowe said.

Crowe was one of 50 Jacksonville ISD employees in the 1B category who were vaccinated...

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Andrea Cooley, DO, FACOS, board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon at the UT Health East Texas Cardiovascular Institute discusses Atrial Fibrillation: New Solutions for an Old Problem. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 903-595-6680.

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As a result of new information regarding the relationship between the cardiovascular system and COVID-19, there’s been a lot of chatter around the question of should you consider a heart scan after recovering? Answers vary depending on the individual and the severity of their stint with the virus.

If you had a mild case, or you were asymptomatic, experts do not believe it’s necessary to get a heart scan before resuming activity. However, for individuals who had a severe case of COVID-19, or for those who were hospitalized with the virus, it’s advised that you do not return to...

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Higher Quality and Cost-Efficiency Maternity Care

Tyler, Texas (February 24, 2021)) – UT Health Tyler (part of UT Health East Texas) has been recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas with a Blue Distinction® Centers+ (BDC+) for Maternity Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

"Our maternity team believes every mother deserves a safe and healthy place to deliver their baby. This recognition is indicative of that commitment to providing high-quality maternity care," said Vicki Briggs, CEO of UT Health Tyler. "We are expanding on our commitment by building a neonatal...

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Vaccine

When Melissa Maeker, director of pharmacy for UT Health North Campus Tyler, saw the weather forecast late last week, she went into planning mode. As with previous ice storms, she planned to stay at the pharmacy for a few nights so she could still work and wouldn’t have to risk being on dangerous, icy roadways.

But this time, there was a new element added to her preparations – making sure power remained for the precious COVID-19 vaccine being kept in an ultracold freezer at the pharmacy.

“I went in Sunday afternoon with the intention of staying a few nights,” Maeker said...

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Due to continuing inclement weather and poor road conditions, all UT Health East Texas Physicians clinics will be closed for the remainder of the week. This includes the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at UT Health North Campus Tyler.

Providers will be available for telehealth appointments, which can be scheduled online at UTHealthEastTexasDoctors.com or by calling 903-596-DOCS (3627). Patients with scheduled appointments this week will be contacted to reschedule. Clinics are expected to reopen on their regular schedules Monday, Feb. 22.
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All UT Health East Texas Physicians clinics will be closed Tuesday due to inclement weather. This includes the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at UT Health North Campus Tyler, 11937 U.S. Highway 271. Anyone who has a COVID-19 vaccine appointment Tuesday may come to the clinic to receive their second dose on another day this week, weather permitting. They will not need a scheduled appointment, but will need to bring the vaccine card they received at their first appointment. The recommendation is to get the second dose as close as possible to the scheduled date, and it is safe and effective for...

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All UT Health East Texas Physicians clinics will be closed Monday due to inclement weather. This includes the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at UT Health North Campus Tyler, 11937 U.S. Highway 271. Anyone who has a COVID-19 vaccine appointment Monday may come to the clinic to receive their second dose on another day next week. They will not need a scheduled appointment, but will need to bring the vaccine card they received at their first appointment. The recommendation is to get the second dose as close as possible to the scheduled date, and it is safe and effective for those scheduled Monday to...

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The UT Health East Texas HOPE Breast Center added two new 3D mammography units in Tyler, providing technology that significantly increases the detection of breast cancers. This technology allows images to be divided up in multiple layers, allowing the radiologist to review one layer at a time, reducing the tissue overlap effect. This helps the radiologist find smaller cancers that may be harder to find at an earlier stage.

“The advantage to a 3D mammogram is that it allows us to see through the tissue better than a regular 2D,” said Dr. Brandon Ashton, board-certified diagnostic...

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