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Summer Patterson remembers all too well being a patient in the hospital, bored with nothing to do while she recovered from four eye surgeries before her 10th birthday.

The Whitehouse ISD sixth grader didn’t want other kids to face the same situation, so she used her Girl Scout service project to devise a solution. For her Bronze Award project, Summer created coloring books that she distributed to local hospitals, including UT Health Tyler, along with a set of crayons for each book.

“It was her idea, and she did all the work herself,” said Girl Scout Troop 6704...

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Mary Urieta, orthopedic clinic supervisor at UT Health Tyler, still remembers how being in the hospital made her feel when she was 8 years old. While many kids that age might feel scared, Urieta remembers the hospital as a place where she and her parents felt accepted and valued, like they belonged.

Urieta’s family emigrated from Mexico to Texas when she was just 7, and she remembers how different she felt because her family didn’t look or talk like everyone else. She vividly recalls the faces people would make at her mother in the grocery store when they heard her speaking with an...

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Tyler, Texas (September 8, 2022) — UT Health Tyler’s Digestive Disease Center now offers patients receiving a colonoscopy an enhanced screening with the aid of GI Genius™ intelligent endoscopy module. The GI Genius™ module employs artificial intelligence (AI) to help physicians detect polyps — a powerful new ally in the fight against colorectal cancer.

The GI Genius™ module uses advanced AI software to highlight suspicious polyps with a visual marker in real time — serving as the gastroenterologist’s ever-vigilant second observer with a sensitivity rate per lesion of 100%....

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A distance of more than 300 miles didn’t stop a proud grandmother from spreading love to newborns at UT Health Tyler.

Nancy Savinelli said her own six grandchildren serve as her inspiration for making the crocheted baby blankets she donates to different baby organizations, including the UT Health Tyler Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“Children are such blessings,” Savinelli said. “I feel it is rewarding to give my blankets to others and it warms my heart.”

Savinelli, who with her husband of 38 years, Peter, retired from IBM to the Texas Hill Country and now lives in...

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Man and doctor discuss vasectomy surgery.

Have you been considering a vasectomy? As you consider this option, questions are sure to arise. We have gathered a few of the most popular questions related to having a vasectomy and have compiled the answers here. Be sure to consult with your healthcare provider for specific information and recommendations that apply to your personal health needs.

UT Health East Texas Urology offers vasectomy procedures in Tyler, Athens and surrounding communities. For more information on this procedure, or to schedule an appointment, visit

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Tyler, Texas (August 3, 2022) — UT Health Tyler has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.


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As more than 50 resident physicians started their training throughout East Texas this month, Dr. Christian Ferrer, a board-certified family medicine physician practicing in Quitman, offers a unique perspective on the experience these residents are embarking on as part of the growing residency program partnership between The University of Texas at Tyler Health Science Center and UT Health East Texas.

It wasn’t so long ago that Ferrer arrived in East Texas himself as one of the Health Science Center’s Family Medicine: Rural Medicine residents at UT Health Pittsburg. Remaining close...

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Nursing leaders at UT Health Tyler are pictured with nurse externs.

UT Health East Texas is hiring nursing students as externs while they complete their required clinical hours in a new program that benefits not only the nursing students but the hospital as well. 

“Our entire vision and intent was to create an environment where students felt like they were accepted, they were treated as part of the team and they got an experience that they would not have otherwise gotten,” said Lecia Bowman, MSN, RNC, chief nursing officer for UT Health Tyler and UT Health North Campus Tyler. “The feedback from those who have graduated was exactly what we wanted to...

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