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Vol. 1, no. 1

SEPTEMBER 15, 2010


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



Please send all information for the Beat to Wendi Finney Swope, Department of Communications and Marketing.






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

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Dr. Muhammad Subhani photographs preemie triplets born to Kelly and Blake Moore. Brennyn Avry, Brooklyn Ava and Brylee Adyn were born August 30th, the same day the digital scrapbooking program officially kicked off.

Muhammad Subhani, M.D., is leading the way when it comes to caring for premature babies. In what could be the first of its kind in the world, Dr. Subhani has recently implemented a program that allows parents to journal their newborn’s progress while admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at Northwest Texas Hospital. It’s called digital scrapbooking and it actually started out as a Girl Scout project for Dr. Subhani’s daughter, Ifrah Kanwal. Now, four years later, digital scrapbooking is a full-fledged program that allows parents to document every milestone in their child’s life while being cared for at the hospital. “It gives them some kind of control in a situation that’s really out of their hands,” he says. Using two laptop computers and two digital cameras paid for by the Ronald McDonald House and March of Dimes, Dr. Subhani documents every newborn’s life with professional quality photographs. From the delivery room until the day they head home, these preemies are constantly captured on camera. Their parents then use those pictures to create a digital scrapbook using a special computer program. Dr. Subhani says the photo journaling helps reduce stress the parents may be feeling,

and in some cases, the worst cases, these pictures are the only things parents have to hold onto. “We had a baby who survived only a few hours, and I had taken only 3 pictures,” he says. “That father sent me a thank you note at my home saying that was all they had to remind them of their baby.” The digital scrapbooking program kicked off August 30th and is already gaining global attention. Newsweek and Newsweek Japan will feature articles about Dr. Subhani’s project in October. The TTUHSC physician was also recently featured on a local television newscast. When asked why he decided to turn a young girl’s Girl Scout project into what has now become a program recognized around the world, Dr. Subhani simply says, “This is my passion.” Because the digital scrapbooking program is offered free of charge to all parents of neonatal babies, it has become a time consuming project. Dr. Subhani is always looking for volunteers to help take pictures and journal. “Even if someone can volunteer just two days a month, it will help out,” he says. For more information on how to help, contact Gail Ward at (806) 354-1722 or email her at

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Congratulations to the Breast Center of Excellence! Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

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DEAN As the TTUHSC Amarillo begins a new academic and fiscal year, we have a large group of new students and employees. Please remember the following – wear your identification badges where they can be visibly seen (OP 76.02) and register your vehicles (OP 76.30). These are important elements in maintaining the security of the campus and our buildings. Michael Hooten, EdD Regional Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences And Asst. Vice President for Finance and Administration TTUHSC Amarillo

Volunteer Service Program

It’s official. The Breast Center of Excellence has been granted a three year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

TTUHSC Staff Senate Do you have comments, suggestions, questions or concerns about the Amarillo campus? If so, the Staff Senate wants to hear them. This group offers an avenue for staff to voice their opinion about their work environment and other issues they may face. The Staff Senate functions as an advisory body in making recommendations on issues affecting the staff as a whole. Visit the Staff Senate website and submit your comments using the online form. That address is Or, you can contact one of your Amarillo Staff Senators:

If you know someone who would like to provide volunteer services here at TTUHSC, please contact Dr. Hooten at (806) 354-5589. Anyone 14 years or older, including retired employees, students, alumni and others may apply. For more information on eligibility, please see HSC OP10.28.

Tanya Fraley 806.356.5959


Angela Wingate 806.356.4000 x 255

Jackie Gavlik 806.354.5413 Alicia Stringer 806.356.4008

During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. Those standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

TTUHSC Achieves Highest Enrollment in History

From the fall of 2009 to the fall of 2010, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center has seen a 14.7 percent increase in enrollment. That brings the total number of students to 3,727 up from 3,250. Four new U.S. medical schools, including Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, seated their first entering classes last year, accounting for half of the 2009 enrollment increase. The Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso began with 40 students August 2009. This year they seated 99 medical students. The Anita Thigpen Perry School of Nursing had the highest enrollment of the TTUHSC schools with 1,206 students. The School of Allied Health Sciences had the second highest enrollment with 1,204 students. The schools of Medicine and Pharmacy enrolled 578 and 542 students respectively. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences enrolled 98 students this year.

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Employee Assistance Program

Project Procedures

Stressed out? Feeling overwhelmed? Having family or relationship problems? If so, the Employee Assistance Program can help. The EAP helps people manage life’s problems before they become so serious they impair work performance. This service is completely confidential, and is available to all TTUHSC students, faculty and staff. In fact, TTUHSC provides up to five FREE counseling sessions per household per year. That includes TTUHSC employees and dependants living in their household. Employee Assistance counselors are trained to address all types of issues, including:

If you have a project you want Communications and Marketing to help with, you should be aware of new procedures now in place within the department.

Family and Relationship Problems Depression Excessive Stress or Anxiety Alcohol or Drug Abuse Other Problems in Living To make an appointment, or for more information, call Dayna Shertler, LCSW, at (806) 354-5620


...................................................................... If you applied for benefits elections through Evidence of Insurability (EOI) during Annual Open Enrollment and have received an approval letter, you must contact JoAnn or Devona to enroll in these benefits. This is not automatic. You have only 30 days after the approval notice to sign up for the benefit.

Starting today, anyone wanting work done will need to fill out a project request form. Every portion of this form must be complete before work can begin. This form will allow us to better understand what each project entails, and your vision for that project. To obtain a project request form, please email or ......................................................................

Work Order Reminder All work done on campus should be initiated by work orders on TMA. This includes, but is not limited to, housekeeping needs and set ups of tables for events. Please submit these work orders via your work order coordinator designated for your department. Without the submitted work order it is difficult to guarantee that staff will be available at a moment’s notice to help with a last minute requests (Maintenance staff or Housekeeping staff). With any emergency situation, please submit the work order immediately after calling the Amarillo Phyiscal Plant at 354-5647. .....................................................................


Online Education Worldwide Roger D. Smalligan, M.D., MPH, FACP, FAAP, Regional Chair of Internal Medicine, is sharing his expertise with people around the world. Dr. Smalligan recently recorded 2 hour-long presentations that are being viewed in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and military bases across the globe. The presentations, titled “Spirituality and Medicine in Daily Practice” and “Healing Arts in Medicine,” are part of the TTUHSC course catalog. This website provides online courses to healthcare institutions worldwide and is instrumental in helping recognize Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as a top provider of continuing healthcare education.

Giving Through the SECC is Easy… The SECC is the charitable giving campaign for the state government and higher education workplace. Giving through the SECC is one of the easiest things to do. Each year, more than 55,000 of your fellow state and higher education employees contribute through a payroll deduction or a cash/check gift. In 2009, through the generosity of state and higher education employees, more than $10.14 million was contributed to many charities and federations. The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Amarillo raised over $37,000 in 2009. The best and easiest way to give is through Payroll Deduction. You can designate to charities of your choice through the SECC and have your gift deducted from your paycheck. This spreads your giving over a year and increases the impact you can make to those causes you choose to support.

Cash and check giving is also accepted. You can still designate your gift to your favorite charity(ties). FOLLOW THESE EASY STEPS TO GIVE TO A CHARITY OF YOUR CHOICE: 1.Contact your organization's campaign coordinator: Kim Kay (SOM), Logan Larue (SOP) 2.Search through your local directory of charities to find a charity to which you would like to give. 3.Fill out a pledge form and return the complete form to your campaign coordinator or to your local campaign manager. (You can use your R number on the pledge form, you do not need to give your SSN) 4.SMILE … you just helped communities locally, statewide, nationally or worldwide! Thank you for your support of the SECC!

Save on Your Cell Phone Bill If your mobile phone is through AT&T or Sprint, you are eligible for a discount. All TTUHSC students, faculty and staff can receive a 20% discount from AT&T and a 15% discount from Sprint. If you are a Sprint customer, simply take your paystub or ID badge to one of the local stores and start saving. If you are with AT&T you will also need a fan number, which is 02417741.

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TTUHSC Staff Member Welcomes Son Home from Iraq

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STA F F Paul Hernandez

Hometown: Lubbock, Texas Department: Facilities Operations & Maintenance Job Title: Sr. Attendant, Traffic & Parking Services Years at TTUHSC: Eight years as a guard and two as a parking attendant. Favorite thing about your job: Meeting new employees. Dream job when you were a kid: Policeman Your family: Married with three daughters and four grandchildren Hobbies: Hunting and bowling Place you would like to visit: Hawaii, because it’s beautiful. Something few people know: Veteran who was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War.

TTUHSC Amarillo Joins the Social Media Craze TTUHSC Amarillo now has an official Facebook and Twitter page. It’s an easy way to find out what’s happening on campus. Follow us on Twitter:

Find us on Facebook by searching “Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Amarillo”. Currently, over 150 people like us on Facebook and 21 people are following us on Twitter.

Jeana Browder, Sr. Medical Secretary, Internal Medicine, welcomed her son home August 17th, 2010. Zach Browder returned to Ft. Benning, Georgia after completing his second deployment to Iraq. He has been with the US ARMY for four years and will be returning to Amarillo in October to join his wife. Zach, who is a 1996 graduate of Amarillo High School, plans to return to college. Thankful to be on US soil again, Zach is appreciative of his wonderful welcome back. He strongly asks that we all continue our prayers and remember the soldiers who are still serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. They need your support!

WELCOME! OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY welcomes E. David Autry, M.D., Assistant Professor and Ob/Gyn Generalist. Dr. Autry comes to TTUHSC from private practice in Hereford. THE PEDIATRICS DEPARTMENT welcomes Dr. Christopher Todd and Dr. Muhammad Uddin, both Assistant Professors. Dr. Todd and Dr. Uddin joined the TTUHSC team in early August. NEW STAFF MEMBERS Edith Recinos Debra Killian Eileen Lord-Mayfield Janette Soliz Laura Strong Xing Hu

Sr. Custodian, Maintenance and Operations LVN, Clements Medical Medical Billing Associate, Business Office Medical Billing Associate, Business Office Patient Service Specialist, OB/Gyn Post Doctoral Research Associate, Pharmaceutical Sciences


New SOP Faculty Eight new School of Pharmacy faculty members were welcomed to the Amarillo campus August 30th, 31st and September 1st. During the three day orientation, they learned the mission, vision and culture of the Texas Tech School of Pharmacy, the structure and philosophy of Texas Tech’s curriculum, faculty research and scholarship opportunities and processes, simulation in Pharmacy education, and structure and operations of the School of Pharmacy. Please help us welcome them to TTUHSC. Front row (left to right) - Anna Kochanowska, Ph.D. (Amarillo); Jessica Eveleth, Pharm.D. (Abilene); Sherry Laguardia, Pharm.D. (Abilene); Wei Wang, M.D. (Amarillo); Megan Stapleton, Pharm.D. (Dallas/Fort Worth) Back row (left to right) - Virgil Van Dusen, R.Ph., J.D. (Abilene Regional Dean); Ruiwen Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. (Chair, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Amarillo), Stephen Wise, Pharm.D. (Abilene); Arthur Nelson, R.Ph., Ph.D. (SOP Dean)



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TODAY HealthMATCH 2010 will be held today in the Tunnel Room Classrooms at Northwest Texas Healthcare System located at 1501 S. Coulter. HealthMATCH provides TTUHSC residents and students a change to explore rural practice opportunities available in the region. Community representatives who are seeking physicians to practice in their area will be on hand to talk one-on-one about their practice openings. Some communities have immediate openings, and others are anticipating a need in the next 1-3 years. The event runs from 11:30am until 2:30pm. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Patti Dillingham at (806) 354-5417. Instructional Session: Searching and Locating Journal Articles at Your Library The TTUHSC libraries provide access to a large collection of journals, both in print and in full-text electronic formats. In addition, through the library’s interlibrary loan service, the library has access to articles in other libraries at low cost to patrons. Despite these advantages, searching for and locating journal articles may seem difficult, especially when pressed for time. In an effort to help people locate these journal articles, the TTUHSC Harrington Library is conducting an instruction session in the library at 1400 Wallace Boulevard. The instruction is informal and will be presented on a come and go basis anytime between 8:00am and 5:00pm. No registration or sign-up is required. If you are unable to attend, you can schedule an individual appointment. Call the Harrington Library at (806) 354-5448 for more information.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH Amarillo Area Cancer Symposium

Experts from across the country will be on campus September 17th to take part in the 2010 Amarillo Area Cancer Symposium, an event designed to inform physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals about the most recent advancements in the treatment of cancer. This event also provides these healthcare professionals an opportunity to share knowledge and skills that will help them address practical issues and clinical challenges related to the disease. The event will be held at the Women’s Health & Research Building Auditorium at 1400 Wallace Blvd. It starts at 7:30am and runs until 4:30pm. The cost is $100 for physicians and $50 for non-physicians. To register, contact Chalan Galloway with the Office of Continuing Medical Education at (806) 354-5567 or by email at

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD: Fire Safety Class Join the Safety Office for hands-on fire safety training, Thursday, September 23rd at 10:30am in the WHRI Auditorium. Marlin Hamilton, TTUHSC Fire Marshal, will talk about fire related behavior. He’ll explain why people don’t always do what we think they will do in the event of a fire related emergency. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice discharging fire extinguishers. Refreshments will be served.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH Breakfast Burrito Bailout The DPT Class of 2012 is holding a fundraising event Friday, September 24th from 7:30am - 9:00am. This breakfast burrito bailout will help pay for state board licensure examinations and for students to attend professional conferences. The burrito’s will be on sale in the 1st floor lobby of the main building and the lobby in front of the Pharmacy building auditorium. You’ll have two choices: egg, sausage and cheese or egg, bacon and cheese. The price is $3.00.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure All TTUHSC students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Saturday, September 25th. The deadline to register is FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT. If you would like to participate, you can register online at Click on KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE, then click ‘REGISTER’. The team name is HSC for the Cure. The registration fee is $30.00

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of Lisa Adlong

Crock Pot Casserole 1 ½ lbs. ground beef 1 large onion 1 can cheddar cheese soup 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can cream of celery soup 1 can red enchilada sauce 1 can green chilies 12 corn tortillas Directions: Brown and drain meat, add rest of ingredients. Cut tortillas in fourths and layer in crock pot. Add meat first then tortillas, repeat. Cook 4 hours on high. .......................................... To submit a recipe email us at

Accomplishments: Dr. Kishore Yalamanchili, Assistant Professor, was appointed Medical Director for Plum Creek Hospital.

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PEDIATRIC DEPARTMENT EXPANSION: Members of the Amarillo Hospital District tour 10 new exam rooms in the Pediatrics department. This expansion was made possible by generous donations from the AHD and Billye M. Brown.

WELCOME BACK EVENT: TTUHSC students are welcomed back with a free lunch from Sharky’s Buritto Company. This event was sponsored by the Office of Student Services, SGA and Alumni Relations. The students were also filmed during the event for a new student recruitment video.

NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION: The School of Pharmacy welcomes several new faculty members during a three day orientation August 30, 31 and September 1.



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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 Thought disruption 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


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 Sugery (VATS) Bronchoscopy Esophageal Surgery Thoracic Oncology Hyper Hydrosis Ear Nose and Throat Head and Neck Cancers


the Beat - 9.15.10  

TTUHSC bi-weekly newsletter

the Beat - 9.15.10  

TTUHSC bi-weekly newsletter