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Tyler, Texas (June 16, 2022) — UT Health East Texas EMS will host about 20 emergency medical technicians from the island of Guam this summer so they can receive clinical field training to become accredited in advanced life support techniques.

“They’re going to experience high performance 911 training through UT Health East Texas EMS and receive training from paramedics who are actively working in the field,” said TC Howard, chief operating officer of the School of EMS, which helped coordinate the effort.

Howard said he was contacted by Guam Fire Department officials...

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Tyler, Texas (June 16, 2022) — Physicians from UT Health East Texas and Tyler Cardiovascular Consultants (CVC) successfully completed the first full convergent procedure in East Texas. The minimally invasive procedure is a team effort between a cardiac surgeon and an electrophysiologist (EP) to treat patients with chronic atrial fibrillation (Afib), a condition where the heart has an inconsistent electrical rhythm resulting in an irregular heartbeat.

Symptoms of Afib include a racing heart, shortness of breath, lightheadedness or dizziness. While medication or catheter...

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Rachel Villanueva was not used to being on the receiving end of patient care.

As supervisor of the UT Health East Texas Physicians pediatric clinic on Fifth in Tyler, Rachel oversees the care of dozens of patients throughout the week.

But when it came to managing her own weight and overall health, she needed her doctors’ guidance.

“I have battled my weight for many years,” Rachel said. “Four years ago my OB/...

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Watch as Steven Lomax, MD, urologist with UT Health East Texas Urology in Tyler and Jacksonville discusses prostate health. For more information or to schedule an appointment call 903-747-4098.

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Watch this FREE virtual presentation to learn about chronic knee pain with Clayton Hodges, MD, board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon at UT Health East Texas Orthopedic Institute.

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For as long as she can remember, Marigold “Gold” Suarez, knew she wanted a career in healthcare.

“I’ve always been fascinated with the healthcare industry,” said Suarez, director of therapy services at UT Health Tyler. “As far back as I could remember, even as a kid, I role-played being a doctor and considered pursuing medical school.”

However, during her undergraduate studies in college she had the opportunity to visit a rehabilitation center, where she was introduced to physical therapy. She was moved by the close interaction between therapist and patient and by the joy...

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Tyler, Texas (May 20, 2022) — HealthFirst TPA, a division of UT Health East Texas, has been recognized among the nation’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.

The annual recognition program honors 150 companies throughout the healthcare industry that “empower employees to provide patients and customers with the best possible care, products and services.” Modern Healthcare will announce the rankings at their annual gala in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sept. 29. HealthFirst also was named to the list in 2019.

“The quality of the culture at...

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Tyler, Texas (May 20, 2022) — UT Health East Texas EMS has earned a fifth consecutive, three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its compliance with national standards of excellence, receiving a perfect score from the reviewers. UT Health East Texas EMS is one of only 180 ambulance services in the country to successfully complete the voluntary review process, which included completion of a comprehensive...

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Jacksonville, Texas (May 13, 2022) — Melody Sharp, RN, recently was selected as a DAISY Award winner.

“Melody is a remarkable nurse. She started here as a graduate vocational nurse and worked here as an LVN while attending school to get her RN,” said Michael Hales, chief nursing officer for UT Health Jacksonville. “Now as a registered nurse in the ICU she’s flexible, adaptable and sets the example for her peers in how to care for our patients at UT Health Jacksonville.”

Nurses may be nominated by patients, families and colleagues and the award recipient is chosen by...

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Tyler, Texas (May 10, 2022) — UT Health North Campus Tyler received an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes UT Health North Campus Tyler’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.

“This is the eighth consecutive ‘A’ rating for UT Health North Campus Tyler, which is an incredible accomplishment,” said Vicki Briggs, CEO of UT Health North Campus Tyler. “This recognition underscores our commitment to patient safety and excellence for...

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