The University of Texas Medical Branch is celebrating Certified Nurses today to honor the excellence and competency of those nurses who contribute to better patient outcomes through national board certification in their specialty.

The medical branch has about 650, or more than half of the roughly 1,100, nurses who have been certified in their specialty.

Silent Angels

Nominations are being accepted through April 19 for the UTMB Silent Angel award that honors a licensed nurse, non-nurse and a unit or group whose compassion, caring and advocacy made a difference in the life of a patient, family or friend.

Nominations should include a description of the special contribution and the nominator’s name.

Contact Dora M. Kuntz,

Calling all artists

Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Earth Day Art Contest for UTMB Health Earth Day celebration in April.

The contest, open to all, encourages medical branch staff, students, faculty and community to embrace conservation, recycling and sustainable efforts.

The winning design will grace the official UTMB Health Earth Day 2013 T-shirts and poster. The deadline for entries is March 29.

For complete rules, go to and view the news and information panel on the top of the page.

 Stroke support group meeting

Dr. Stephen Busby, assistant professor of neurology and vascular neurology, will lead a panel of experts from nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech language pathology, at the next meeting of the UTMB Health stroke support group.

The group, for people who have had a stroke, their spouses, caregivers and significant others, will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 27 in the outpatient physical therapy/occupational therapy clinic, Entrance B, Suite 123 of the Primary Care Pavilion, 400 Harborside Drive, in Galveston.

Free parking is available. Call 409-772-1833 or visit

Breast cancer support group

The “Reconstruction of a Survivor breast cancer support group will meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway S., in League City.

Light refreshments will be provided. To register, email

Grant saves vision

The Alcon Foundation recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the UTMB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, which staffs the St. Vincent’s House eye clinic on Galveston Island as part of its community outreach.

Dr. Bernard Godley, department chairman and retina specialist, said the foundation’s continued support will allow them to expand eye care services at the clinic, including cataract surgery, diabetic retinopathy treatment, retina surgery, contacts/glasses and patient education.

A 2011 grant provided cataract and glaucoma surgeries to an estimated 30 patients unable to afford such care. For more than a decade, medical branch eye specialists have volunteered their time to help hundreds of patients at the only free eye specialty clinic for the uninsured in Galveston County.

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