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Vol. 1, no. 3

NOV. 15, 2010

TTUHSC takes part in nationwide initiative Mayoral proclamation to be presented TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER

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ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY are coming together this week to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses.

National Memory Screening Day. The two groups will also distribute educational materials about memory concerns, dementia, caregiving and successful aging.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.3 million people currently suffer from the disease and at least one additional person is diagnosed every 70 seconds.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1

In 2006, Alzheimer’s was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death for people age 65 and older. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It causes healthy brain tissue to degenerate, resulting in a steady decline in memory and mental abilities. In an effort to increase early detection, the division of Geriatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Accolade Home Care are offering free and confidential memory screenings for the public as part of

p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 in the HSC building. Participants will sign up in the lobby and then be escorted to the second floor to undergo testing. The screening is non-invasive, consists of a series of questions and tasks, and takes no longer than 10 minutes to administer. Prior to the free memory screenings, a proclamation from the City of Amarillo will be presented in the lobby of the HSC building. At 8:45 a.m., Mayor Debra McCartt will officially declare Nov. 16 National Memory Screening Day. For more information about the local National Memory Screening Day event, call (806) 356-4637.

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From the office of President Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D. messaging notification option. Please note that if you select the text messaging option, you will receive an automated confirmation message. Standard text messaging fees will apply. At any time, you may stop or change your message delivery preference by visiting the Emergency Preparedness website. It is important to note that we do not sell or share your information, and everything is kept in strict confidence for our emergency use only.

Is your address on file correct? Please verify that your address is correct with TTUHSC. You can check this information in the Webraider portal. Click on the HSC Employee tab and then look for the My Personal Information link in the upper left hand channel. If your address is not correct, you can correct it yourself through this same link. However, don’t forget that you must also change your address with the Employee Retirement System (ERS) for your benefits and with your retirement vendor, either the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP). If you need help changing the address, please call or e-mail the HR office. As a reminder, the address you have on file is where your W-2 for 2010 will be mailed unless you have elected to receive the W-2 electronically.


On Wednesday, Nov. 17, we will be conducting a test using this system, and will be sending you a voice recording, e-mail and/or text message.

Dear students, faculty and staff: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center will be launching its emergency notification system, STAT Alert, this month. In order to reach you effectively, please visit the Emergency Preparedness website at and click on the STAT Alert logo to update your contact information. We encourage you to provide phone numbers, as well as select the text

Your safety and well-being are very important to us, and I appreciate you taking the time to update your information. Thank you for your participation!

Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D. TTUHSC President

Campuses/Schools: Abilene: Nursing, Pharmacy, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Amarillo: Allied Health Sciences, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy

Harrington Library Thanksgiving Hours Wednesday, Nov. 24 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25 CLOSED Friday, Nov. 26 CLOSED *Regular library hours will resume Saturday, Nov. 27 For additional information, e-mail Cindy Harshman at

Dallas: Pharmacy (2 locations) El Paso: Medicine, Nursing Highland Lakes: Nursing

Know your Campus Founded: 1969 President: Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D. Enrollment: 3,727 (Fall 2010) Schools: Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health

Sciences, Pharmacy, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Lubbock: Allied Health Sciences, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy Midland: Allied Health Sciences, Medicine Odessa: Allied Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing

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Protect yourself and your patients

FLU Every year millions of people across the country suffer from the flu. Typically, the virus is responsible for more than three million hospitalized days, 31 million outpatient visits and $10 billion in direct medical costs. While the flu season differs each year, one thing remains the same: thousands of people will die from the virus each season. Because health care workers are the front line to care for patients with the flu, they are more vulnerable to get sick and spread the virus to their patients, colleagues and family members. Even though vaccination remains

Outgoing Mail Reminder

If you have mail that needs postage, make sure each piece is clearly marked with the correct department funding information. Mail pieces that do not have the correct Fund, Organization and Program (FOP) on the face of the mail or have no funding information will be returned to the department to be correctly identified. If you are still using envelopes with old Tech Fim accounts, that mail will no longer be processed without current funding information. Although in the past these pieces of mail have been accepted, that is no longer the case. As our campus grows and new staff arrives, policies change. Help ensure your outgoing mail is processed the same day it is received by always providing a current FOP.

the single most effective preventive measure available against influenza, fewer than half of nurses and other health care workers receive vaccinations. This low coverage jeopardizes the health of high risk patients and can lead to influenza outbreaks. High rates of vaccination among health care workers, on the other hand, have been linked to improved patient outcomes, reduced absenteeism and reduced influenza infection among staff. If you have not received your flu shot, vaccinations are available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the pharmacy. The shots will be offered to employees not covered by a health insurance policy and their immediate family members for $15. Flu shots for the general public and patients are $27. This year’s vaccine will protect against three different flu viruses: an H3N2 virus, an influenza B virus and the H1N1 virus. Medicare part B and most Medicare Advantage plans are accepted.

Receive your W-2 electronically If you would like to access and print your W-2 online instead of waiting for it to arrive in the mail, you can sign up for the service through your Webraider account. Log onto and do the following: - Select the HSC Employee tab - Select My Employment information - Select Tax Forms - Select Electronic W-2 Consent - Choose Consent to receive W-2 electronically - Click on Submit When you consent to receive your 2011 W-2 electronically, you will not receive a paper copy of the form. You will be able to access and print your W-2 online starting January 24, 2011. If you have any questions, contact Payroll Services at

Hockey and Hot Rods This Friday is TTUHSC group night at the Amarillo Bulls hockey game. All faculty, students and staff can purchase tickets at a discounted rate of $8. During the game, the new Amarillo Bulls mascot will be unveiled and the Corvette Club will have cars on display on the concourse. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 at the Amarillo Civic Center. Help cheer on our local team as they take on the Wichita Falls Wildcats. Tickets can be purchased at the main office at 901 S. Buchanan St., or you can call in your ticket order to (806) 242-1122. Tell them you are with TTUHSC to receive your discount.

Accomplishments Congratulations to Marge Dean, RN CS-BC, GNP-BC MSN, for her election to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification Commission. This is an important leadership position with AANP regarding national certification processes for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. ................

Welcome! Kory Evenson Post Doctoral Research Associate, OB/GYN Toni Johnson Coordinator, Pharmaceutical Practice

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LIFESTYLES Retirement Reception


retirement reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19 in Room 4701 in the HSC building. ......................................................................

ELF Christmas Project spotlight on


Juan Betancourt Hometown: Kingsville, Texas Department: Facilities, Operations & Maintenance Job Title: Senior Custodian Years at TTUHSC: Two Years, 10 Months Favorite thing about your job: Being appreciated by the patients, faculty and staff for doing my job. Someone coming up to me and saying, “You’re doing a good job”. Favorite thing about TTUHSC: Being part of an institution that cares for the very young and the elderly and educates future doctors, pharmacists and allied health professionals. Dream job when you were a kid: Horse jockey/rider Your family: Wife Erma. Sons: John and Gene. Daughters: Delicia, Kristie and Monique. Ten grandchildren. Hobbies: Watching the Dallas Cowboys play and Texas Tech Red Raiders, barbequing, baking cakes and spending time with family. Place you would like to visit: Paris, France, because my great-grandfather was from there. I would like to experience their culture and way of life. Something few people know: Owned a retail business specializing in brim hats and men’s and women’s apparel.

Nominations for the Employee Love Fund (ELF) project will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19. After 17 years of committed service, Evanthia Biskinis, M.D., has retired. Dr. Biskinis, who is a neonatologist, started her career in the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in January 1993. Her last day was Oct. 31. Dr. Biskinis plans to move home to Athens, Greece to be with her daughter and grandson. She also plans to do some shopping. Good luck Dr. Biskinis! .....................................................................

Goodbye Party for Gary Hunter Gary Hunter, also known as the phone man, is retiring from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center after 10 years of dedicated service. His last day will be Wednesday, Nov. 24. Hunter has been in Communication Services since he started at TTUHSC in Sept. 2000. His vast knowledge of electronics and his dedication to the job have made him an invaluable asset over the past decade. Once his retirement is official, Hunter has several projects he plans to work on at home. He also wants to learn American Sign Language, which his daughter and son-inlaw are learning in order to teach the Bible to the deaf population in the Panhandle. Hunter will also spend more time with his sidekick, Chazzie. Chazzie, who is a Maltese, was an early retirement gift Gary bought for himself in January. One thing Hunter will miss about TTUHSC is working with his wife, Suzanne. For 10 years, the couple has come to work together, eaten lunch together and driven home together. Help us say goodbye to Hunter during a

The mission of the ELF Christmas project is to assist TTUHSC employees who are in difficult financial situations by providing gifts of clothing and toys to each child in their household who is 18 years old and younger. Nomination forms, which are located throughout the building, should be mailed or e-mailed to John Betancourt or Holly Rinehart.

Tickets for ELF project still available Tickets for a drawing to be held during the annual Holiday Meal are still for sale. You can buy one ticket for $1 or six for $5. They can be purchased from the following people: HSC Reception Personnel John Betancourt, FO&M Holly Rinehart, Pediatrics Fay Dice, Pedi Providers Logan Larue, SOP Debbie Acord, Surgery Janea Robinson, SOP/PAC Kathleen Anderson, CHC Human Resources, WHRI Sylvia Alonzo, OB/GYN Dulcina Hurtado, Surgery Sherry Skidmore, SOAHSORD



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Tuesday, Nov. 16 Community Medical School Community Medical School concludes Tuesday, Nov. 16 as Anitra Maclaughlin, M.D., discusses the importance of vitamins. Find out which ones you should be taking and how often. Community Medical School begins at 5:30 p.m. with free health screenings in the HSC lobby. The presentation starts promptly at 6 p.m. in the School of Pharmacy Auditorium.

Tuesday, Nov. 16 & Wednesday, Nov. 17 Books are Fun Book Fair The yearly Books are Fun sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16 and from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the main HSC lobby. A percentage of the proceeds raised will go toward the Employee Love Fund (ELF) project.

Wednesday, Nov. 17 Grand Rounds Raj Hashmi, M.D., will present Breast Cancer Screening: Myths, Facts and Science. Grand rounds will be held from Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17 in the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy Auditorium. Grand Rounds for Wednesday, Nov. 24 are canceled due to holiday break.

Wednesday, Nov. 17 Center for International and Multicultural Affairs (CIMA) Lecture CIMA invites you to attend an ongoing lecture series on world health. The lectures will be held at noon every first and third Wednesday of the month. Invited guest speakers will share their experiences and work involving international health. This week’s speakers, Katie Ruthsatz and Andres Ulises Pedroza, will take a look at health issues facing migrant seasonal farm workers in today’s health care system. The CIMA lecture will be held in room 4720 in the main HSC building.

Thursday, Nov. 18 Coding Workshop Institutional Compliance will host a coding workshop from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 in rooms 4713 and 4714. Faculty and residents are welcome to attend. Attendees will be given credit for their 2011 Billing Compliance Annual Training. Lunch will be provided, but you must RSVP to Elsa Swint at by Nov. 15. For more information about the coding workshop, e-mail Millie Johnson at

Thursday, Nov. 18 EEO/Sexual Harassment Refresher Training If you have received notification that you are required to complete your mandatory EEO/Sexual Harassment Refresher Training this year, this course will meet those training requirements. It will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 18 in room 4717 in the main HSC building. You can also complete the course online at If you choose to complete the course online, a signed copy of the certificate of completion must be sent to the Training and Staff Development Office before you will receive credit.

from the


of Cynthia Forrest ’s Grandmother

Annie’s Juicy Pineapple Cake Cake: 3 c. flour 3 tsp. baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 1 c. shortening 2 c. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 4 eggs, separated 1 c. milk

Directions: Cream shortening with sugar and vanilla. Add beaten egg yolks and beat. Add dry ingredients and milk alternating in small amounts, beating well after each addition. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry and fold into batter. Pour into 3 greased and floured cake pans. Bake about 30 minutes at 375º F. Filling: 3 c. sugar 1 1/2 c. milk 1 *#2) can crushed pineapple

Directions: Add sugar and milk in large skillet. Cook at 300º until it makes a soft ball into a cup of cold water. Add pineapple, juice and all, to the boiling caramel. Slowly beat by hand to mix and let come to a boil. Spread between layers on top of threelayer cake immediately. ………………………………

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TEXAS CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN: Dr. Marjorie Jenkins moderates an informative panel discussion during the Texas Conference for Women in Houston. More than 5,000 women were in attendance.

BE THE DONOR DRIVE: TTUHSC students hold a two-day bone marrow drive for the National Bone Marrow program. The event also included a free community health fair.

2010 FACULTY CONVOCATION & AWARDS PRESENTATION: Arthur Nelson, Jr., R.Ph., Ph.D., dean of the School of Pharmacy, presents the President’s Outstanding Professor Award to Cynthia Raehl, Pharm.D., and the President’s Excellence in Research Award to Sanjay Srivastava, Ph.D.



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WANTED: Referrals Support your fellow Texas Tech Physicians by referring in-house.

FAMILY MEDICINE Comprehensive Primary Care for the Family: Preventative Services Cancer Screenings Immunizations Sports, School, Employment & Travel Physicals

Office based procedures: Skin Biopsy and Excision, Skin Abscess Drainage Laceration Repair Fracture Stabilization Pap Smears & Breast Exams Ingrown Toenail Removal Newborn Circumcision Trigger Point Injections, Knee & Shoulder Injections

Chronic Medical Management: Diabetes High Blood Pressure High Cholesterol Asthma COPD Heart disease Reflux Arthritis Depression Anxiety Insomnia Dementia screening Memory Care Programs Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment Nursing Home Care at Bivins Memorial Hospital Care at BSA Pre-natal Care & Delivery at NWTH Specialty Referrals


OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY Routine Obstetrical Care High-Risk Obstetrical Care with the Panhandle’s ONLY board-certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Well Woman Care Routine and Surgical Gynecology Colposcopy Procedures Incontinence Treatment Pelvic Reconstruction Surgery Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Genetics Specialist ..............................................................................

INTERNAL MEDICINE Inpatient and Outpatient Consults/Management for: Uncontrolled Diabetes Hypertension Endocrine Disorders Other Medical Problems

Geriatrics consults ID Consults Pulmonary consults Endocrine consults Pulmonary function test in-house Dexa scans for bone density determination Women’s Health consults including: Fibromyalgia Sexual Health Menopausal Issues Osteoporosis Well Woman Visits Botox injections


PSYCHIATRY Cognitive behavioral therapy Play therapy Hypnotherapy Anxiety Childhood/parenting/school dilemmas Relationship issues Blended family predicaments Depression Post traumatic stress disorder Offers counseling to children, adolescents, adults and the geriatric population. ..............................................................................

PEDIATRICS General Pediatrics Adolescent Behavioral development Cardiology Gastro-Intestinal Hematology/Oncology Endocrinologist Pulmonologist Nephrology Special Needs Intensivists Med/Peds Genetics Specialist


SURGERY Laparo/Endoscopic Surgery Pediatric Surgery Hernia & Gallbladder Endocrine Surgery Wound Care Breast Diseases Head & Neck Cancers Esophageal Surgery Surgical Oncology General Thoracic Surgery Thoracoscopic Surgery (VATS) Bronchoscopy Thoracic Oncology Hyper Hydrosis Ear Nose and Throat


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