Dr. David L. Callender occasionally recognizes University of Texas Medical Branch employees who have gone above and beyond their duties. Earlier this month, Callender presented Way to Go Awards to Lonnie Winston and Seth Grimes, materials handling techs, for making sure that a young patient in Jennie Sealy Hospital received a special package. The patient, who collapsed during a high school football practice, was flown by helicopter to the medical branch in critical condition. The J.J. Watt Foundation found out about the player and arranged for the Houston Texans to send a special package. However, the package was addressed to a family member of the patient, not the patient, so the medical branch could not deliver the gift. Winston and Grimes came in on a Saturday, their day off, to locate the package in the Materials Management Warehouse and ensure its delivery to the young man and his family.
on migrant health
Shannon Guillot-Wright, a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Biomedical Science’s Institute for the Medical Humanities and fellow in Health Policy and Legislative Affairs, has made a short video about migrant health in Texas that was accepted to the National Academy of Medicine’s “Visualize Health Equity” nationwide community art project. Her video was on display as part of a pop-up gallery during the National Academy of Medicine’s national stakeholder meeting on Nov. 9 in Washington D.C., as well as part of a permanent online gallery. To view her video, “Anonymous Health,” go to https://vimeo.com/223525507.
Welcoming and helping
Of the almost 13,000 employees who work at the medical branch, about 9 percent have disclosed that they have some sort of disability. To help meet the needs of those employees and their allies, the Ability Resource Group hosted its inaugural meeting last month. The Ability Resource Group’s mission is to help ensure the medical branch’s ongoing commitment to diversity, especially concerning individuals with disabilities — physical, psychological and technological — and their allies by providing them with opportunities of inclusion. The organization’s goal is to make sure the medical branch is a leading institution in embracing all the diversity medical branch employees bring to the institution. For more information, visit https://hr.utmb.edu/diversity/ability/.