Recent efforts throughout the institution are helping UTMB employees lead healthier lifestyles.

A result of these efforts by nursing service included a successful pilot where hydration stations were placed in work areas so that staff members could remain hydrated throughout the day.

The pilot was developed through collaboration between several patient care units and Healthcare Epidemiology, Quality & Safety, and Employee Health.

It allows staff to drink beverages using approved containers while also addressing concerns regarding the prevention of potential contamination from chemicals and fluids in the work areas.

Healing through Humanism

The summer film and discussion series continues with “Confronting despair: The doctor and the patient” from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at the Galveston Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, Suite B101.

The film focuses on the end of composer Gustav Mahler’s life, his awareness of his own mortality, his self-expression, and his coming out of fear

The series is free but preregistration is required. For registration and questions, call 409-763-5604 or email Julia Sherrod at The series, hosted by UTMB’s Oliver Center for Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare and the Osher Lifelong Learning Center, concludes on Aug. 12 with “All real living is meeting.”

New faculty

The UTMB School of Nursing welcomes three new faculty members to campus on Aug. 15.

Cheryl Day will be an assistant professor for the baccalaureate program.

Sharon Forrest and Mark Reinhardt, both of whom are doctors of nursing practice, will be assistant professors in the master’s degree program.

Project CARE

UTMB will be focusing on reducing 30-day readmissions in the coming year. Project CARE is one program currently underway in the hospital to improve the care transition process and educate nurses, case managers, social workers and house staff about avoidable readmissions.

Summer research

The community is invited to attend the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program poster presentation.

The event, which will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday in Levin Hall on the UTMB campus, will feature the work of several young scientists during their summer research experience.

Transplant support

The UTMB Texas Transplant Center Support Group meets from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the UTMB Multispecialty Center and Start Diabetes Clinic, 2660 Gulf Freeway S. in League City.

The group is open to all pre- and post-transplant patients and their caregivers. A transplant social worker facilitates each group meeting.

A transplant coordinator and/or transplant dietitian attend each meeting as well. Sessions include topics such as what to expect from transplant, relaxation exercises and improving coping skills.

Diabetes support

The UTMB diabetes support group meets from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in Suite 9 of the UTMB Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic, 2660 Gulf Freeway South in League City.

Call 832-505-2300. Visit

Inside UTMB is compiled by the communications department at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

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