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Vol. 2, no. 9

MO N I T O R I N G T H E PULS E O F

T TU H S C AM ARILLO

MAY 1, 2011

National Nurses Week THE BEAT is a bi-weekly newsletter published by the Communications and Marketing Department of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo

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Business................... B Lifestyle................... C Events...................... D Campus Life............. E Classifieds................ F

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ONLINE Find us on Facebook! Search: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Amarillo Follow us on Twitter! http://twitter.com/ TTUHSCamarillo

They work seven days a week, 365 days a year to promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. They work in an environment that is constantly changing, serving as advocates and health educators for patients, families and communities. Because of their commitment to others and compassion for their profession, registered nurses throughout the United States are being honored this month during National Nurses Week. Traditionally, National Nurses Week highlights the diverse ways in which registered nurses work to improve health care, while helping bring to light the importance of this growing occupation. The celebration begins May 6 and ends May 12, which is the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of nursing as a modern profession.

I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and e l e v a t e the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care. Throughout the U.S., there are 3.1 million registered nurses working to save lives and improve the health of millions of individuals across the country. We see these amazing people walking through our halls every day, yet many times we pass without a word spoken. From the faculty, staff and students at TTUHSC Amarillo, thank you for all you do!


May 1, 2011 TTUHSC the BEAT SECTION B

Securing our Campus A reminder to all TTUHSC faculty, staff and students: At no time should anyone be allowed unaccompanied access to any area of any building on this campus who is not a patient, recognized visitor or someone with legitimate business here. Per TTUHSC policy, all TTUHSC personnel will visibly wear their ID badges. If you observe a suspicious person, vehicle or activity, contact TTUHSC Police at the guard cell number (806) 679-4392 or advise the guard on duty of such activity. It is our desire and duty to provide as safe a workplace as possible, but we need your help in advising us of anything that is suspicious or out of the ordinary. Sgt. Scott Woolery TTUHSC Police Department Amarillo Campus

BUSINESS Mandatory Training

Show your Support

Human Resources is pleased to rollout the new Performance Management process.

More than 500 people are now following TTUHSC Amarillo on Facebook. If you haven’t seen the site yet, check it out at www.facebook.com/TTUHSCamarillo. Several other TTUHSC entities have also created Facebook pages including SimCentral, Geriatrics, the InfantRisk Center, the Amarillo Breast Center of Excellence and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health. Show your support by logging on and liking the following sites:

As directed by TTUHSC President Tedd Mitchell, M.D., all non-faculty staff employees and their supervisors are expected to attend mandatory training for the new process no later than June 30. Several classes are available for supervisory and non-supervisory personnel. The training schedule is as follows: Staff performance training for supervisory personnel: May 5 1 to 4 p.m. Room 4713 May 9 1 to 4 p.m. Room 4713 May 17 1 to 4 p.m. Room 4713 May 25 9 a.m. to noon Room 4713 Staff performance training for non-supervisory personnel: May 4 10 a.m. to noon Room 4713 May 12 2 to 4 p.m. Room 4713 May 18 1 to 3 p.m. Room 4713 May 26 3 to 5 p.m. Room 4713 To register for one of the performance training classes, email tanya.fraley@ttuhsc.edu.

SimCentral www.facebook.com/simcentral.amarillo Geriatrics www.facebook.com/pages/Division-ofGeriatrics-Amarillo/159460424092913 ABCE www.facebook.com/pages/Amarillo-BreastCenter-of-Excellence/117443731647245 InfantRisk Center www.facebook.com/InfantRiskCenter LWBIWH www.facebook.com/lwbiwh

Dean’s Corner As the close of another academic year draws closer at the School of Pharmacy (SOP), we can’t help but look back at some of the changes that have transpired within our program during the 2010-2011 term. The most significant change will be evident to all who attend the SOP’s hooding ceremony and graduation May 20-21. For the first time, our graduating class will include students from our Abilene regional campus, which opened its doors in August 2007. That means the Class of 2011 will be our largest to date. However, this was also the first year we were able to fully utilize our new Pharmacy Academic Center (PAC) on the Amarillo campus. The extra space provided by this new state-of-the-art facility allowed us to enroll 25 more students in August and expanding our Amarillo P1 class from 90 students to 115. When these students graduate in four years with their 40 Abilene classmates, they will

make the Class of 2014 our first to include more than 150 future pharmacists. Finally, we had some exciting and important additions to our department leadership. Just prior to the start of classes in the fall, Dr. Ruiwen Zhang accepted the chair position for the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and in January, we welcomed Dr. Junxuan “Johnny” Lu as chair for our Department of Biomedical Sciences. Both have large extramurally funded cancer research programs and are positive additions to the ongoing research being conducted at the SOP and the entire TTUHSC Amarillo campus. Each of these changes helped shape the SOP’s 2010-2011 academic year and they make us look forward to other changes that will impact our program in the years to come. Thomas Thekkumkara, Ph.D. Amarillo Regional Dean TTUHSC School of Pharmacy


LIFESTYLES

May 1, 2011 TTUHSC the BEAT SECTION C

Fundraiser to Benefit TTUHSC Employee Blue Sky, located at Interstate 40 and Western Street, is hosting a fundraiser to help a School of Pharmacy employee with medical expenses. If at least 100 people eat at Blue Sky and mention the name Cora Bailey when checking out, part of the proceeds raised that night will be donated to Bailey. The fundraiser will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday, May 2. An account has also been set up for Bailey at Amarillo National Bank. Go by any branch and tell them you are donating to the Cora Bailey Benefit Fund. ........................................................................

spotlight on

ST U DENTS Ali Ashraf AREA OF STUDY: Medicine YEAR: Third HOMETOWN:

Campus Accomplishments

Garland

Dancing with the Amarillo Stars

WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO PRACTICE: Dallas or Austin WHY THE HEALTH PROFESSION: Both my mother and brother were extremely sick. I was amazed at how quickly they both recovered after receiving healthcare. FAVORITE THING ABOUT TTUHSC: The faculty HOBBIES: Playing basketball, football and going to the driving ranges. SOMETHING FEW PEOPLE KNOW: I am a pretty decent cook.

Congratulations to Kartick Pramanik, post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and Sudha Chennasamudram, post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Pediatrics, for winning Excellence in Postdoctoral Research Awards at a postdoctoral event hosted by the TTU/TTUHSC Postdoctoral Association in Lubbock. Chennasamudram and Pramanik will each receive $500 to be used for travel to a scientific meeting. --------------------------------------------------------------Marge Dean, R.N., geriatric nurse practitioner in the Department of Internal Medicine, was recently interviewed by Lifescript.com, the fourth-largest independent online health publisher. Dean provided tips to Alzheimer’s caregivers on how to stay healthy. .......................................................................

They didn’t take first place, but they made a lasting impression on the dance floor during Dancing with the Amarillo Stars. John Betancourt, manager of departmental operations for the Amarillo Physical Plant, and his partner, Roxanne Morgan, recently represented TTUHSC at the Amarillo Stars Gala, which benefits Ascension Academy, a local school aimed at preparing students in 6 through 12 grades for college. The couple took ballroom dance lessons for several weeks in preparation for the big night. They started out dancing the Rumba and ended with the Cha-Cha. .......................................................................

Welcome to TTUHSC!

Monica Dixon Nurses Assistant, Family Medicine


EVENTS

May 1, 2011 TTUHSC the BEAT SECTION D

Tuesday, May 3 MPIP General Membership Meeting

The annual MPIP General Membership meeting will be from 5 to 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 in Room 4714. All Department chairs, clinical faculty and clinic administrators are invited to attend.

Wednesday, May 4 World Health Lecture Series

The Office of International Affairs invites you to attend an ongoing lecture series on world health. The lectures are at noon every first and third Wednesday of the month. Invited guest speakers share their experiences and work involving global health issues. The speaker on May 4 is Nicole Hines, R.N., Institutional Health/Infection Control in Lubbock. Hines will present, “Purpose Medical Mission: Building Healthcare Infrastructure in Cameroon.” Purpose Medical Mission was founded by a former TTUHSC Allied Health Sciences student to provide quality health care programs and services to residents of the southwest province of Cameroon. It aims to establish health clinics and urgent care centers in small towns and farming villages to enhance preventative care and treat minor illnesses and injuries. The lecture will be in Room 4720. For more information, email cima@ttuhsc.edu.

Friday, May 6 Ultrasound Symposium

The TTUHSC Department of Surgery and the Office of Continuing Medical Education are hosting the Applied Ultrasound for Clinicians Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday, May 6 in the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health Auditorium at 1400 Wallace Blvd. This conference is designed to provide physicians and health care professionals with the most recent and continuing advances in the use of applied ultrasound. The event will also provide participants the opportunity to share knowledge and skills to help area healthcare professionals address practical issues and clinical challenges. The Office of Continuing Medical Education designates this activity for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Thursday, May 12 Business Connection

The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce is hosting Business Connection from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at the Amarillo Civic Center. TTUHSC will have a booth in the North Exhibit Hall promoting our institution. Admission is $5. Lunch and Learn

The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health is hosting a Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 12 in the LWBIWH Auditorium at 1400 Wallace Blvd. Steve Urban, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, will present, “Things You Need to Know That Could Save Your Life.” RSVP by May 10 by calling 356-4617 or email stacy.jodal@ttuhsc.edu.

Easy Chicken Casserole from the Kitchen of Rolanda Markem

Ingredients

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup 1 cup sour cream 32 buttery round crackers 1/4 cup chopped onion (optional) 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms (optional)

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 2. Boil chicken until cooked through (no longer pink inside), about 20-30 minutes. Chop into bite size pieces and place in a 9x13 inch baking dish. 3. Combine soup, sour cream, onion (optional) and mushrooms (optional). Pour mixture over chicken and top with crumbled crackers. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes (or freeze for baking at another time). ……………………………… If you would like to submit a recipe for the Beat please email it to wendi.finney@ttuhsc.edu


May 1, 2011 TTUHSC the BEAT SECTION E

CAMPUS LIFE

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: TTUHSC students and staff volunteer their time to help build a Habitat for Humanity house in Amarillo.

GiRL POWER: Hundreds of teenage girls and their mothers attend GiRL Power, a program by the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health aimed at empowering teens to improve self-esteem, activity level, nutrition, Internet safety and communication.

EASTER WAGON WINNER: Sarah O’Neil with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology was the winner of the Easter Wagon. Sarah gave the goodies to her great nieces and nephew.


CLASSIFIEDS

May 1, 2011 TTUHSC the BEAT SECTION F

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

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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

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

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SURGERY

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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. ..............................................................................

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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AMARILLO PHARMACEUTICAL CARE CENTER 1400 S. Coulter, Suite 1100 First floor of the main TTUHSC building Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. (806) 356-4620

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