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Vol. 1, no. 7

DEC. 15, 2010


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Big changes are on the horizon for the TTUHSC Amarillo campus. This week, the Board of Regents is expected to formally accept a donation of 11.5 acres from Harrington Regional Medical Center Inc. The land, which is located to the north between the existing campus and Texas Oncology, was donated with the agreement

that TTUHSC will break ground and begin construction within the next three years. A conceptual plan for the campus has been completed and includes a medical simulation center, academic and research building, a synergistics center, a childcare center and a retail store. Construction of the medical simulation center is priority.

Dec. 15, 2010 TTUHSC the BEAT SECTION B




New Fitness Lab Unveiled

Electronic Deadlines Watch deadlines for electronic Personnel Action Forms (ePAF’s) and Electronic One Time Payment Systems (EOPS). Deadlines are earlier in December due to holiday closings. Also, don’t forget to visit the “My Employment” link on your WebRaider portal to designate your W-2 to come electronically or to be mailed. W-2 forms for 2010 will be processed at the end of January.

Mileage Reimbursement Rate Starting Jan. 1, the standard mileage rate for moving expense reimbursement purposes will be 19 cents per mile driven as set by the Internal Revenue Service. See Revenue Procedure 2010-51 for additional information on standard mileage rates.

Volunteers needed for upcoming research project A ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for the new Health Promotion Research Laboratory (HPRL) took place Dec. 14. in Room 4305.

will then be followed for another 12 weeks to see how well they maintain activity. During the follow-up period, all participants will have access to the onsite fitness center.

The Amarillo Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting committee was in attendance, along with TTUHSC faculty, students and staff.

The goal of the Fitness Works for Women project is to determine which physical activity program helps women become more physically active.

During the event, TTUHSC extended a special thanks to the Amarillo Town Club for donating several thousand dollars worth of fitness equipment to the HPRL and for staffing the center during an upcoming research project called Fitness Works for Women. Fitness Works for Women is a study designed to find the most effective approaches for motivating and supporting working women in increasing physical activity. The study, which will include 60 TTUHSC female employees and staff, will compare three different physical activity programs to determine which one works best to help women become more physically active. Two of the programs will use counseling and education to help women add physical activity into their lifestyle. The third program gives women access to the HPRL fitness center. Each program will last 12 weeks. Participants

There is no cost for participating in the study and all study-related activities will be done during personal time. Volunteers will be recruited through the month of December and the study will begin in January. If you are interested in participating in the Fitness Works for Women project, log on to and fill out a brief questionnaire to determine if you are eligible. If you have any questions, contact the study’s principal investigator, Jody Wilkinson, M.D., at (806) 354-5595.

HPRL Hours of Operation Monday - Friday 6 to 8 a.m. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 4:30 to 7 p.m.


Dec. 15, 2010

Know Your Campus

West Texas Influenza Center Did you know TTUHSC is home to the West Texas Influenza Center (WTIC)? Created in 2008 by Steven Berk, M.D., TTUHSC provost and dean of the School of Medicine, the WTIC is an official administrative unit within the School of Medicine that conducts clinical, educational and research activities throughout the Texas Panhandle in the area of influenza. Located in the Amarillo Research Building (ARB), the WTIC laboratory was constructed

Institutional Compliance Training

All TTUHSC faculty and staff are now required to complete online institutional compliance training. The training will be required every two years after initial completion. Current employees who were hired before Nov. 1, 2010, will receive an e-mail notification that includes a hyperlink to the online training site. Check both your inbox and junk mail for the notification. The training must be complete within 30 days. The Institutional Compliance Office will run a monthly report and notify supervisors of faculty and staff who failed to complete the online training within the deadline. New employees hired on or after Nov. 1, 2010, will be required to complete the online compliance education module as part of the new employee orientation process. For more information, visit training.aspx.

in 2009 with money awarded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The lab provides a research and administrative center for the WTIC. The center is composed of faculty members from Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology. The Rural Health Research Group of the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health is also involved.


Harrington Library Holiday Hours

Dear TTUHSC faculty and staff,

Monday, Dec. 20 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 23 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24 CLOSED Saturday, Dec. 25 CLOSED Sunday, Dec. 26 CLOSED Monday, Dec. 27 CLOSED Tuesday, Dec. 28 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec 29 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31 CLOSED Saturday, Jan. 1 CLOSED Sunday, Jan. 2 CLOSED

I want to provide each of you with the latest update regarding the impact of the Texas economy on our institution. In addition to the five percent reduction of state appropriations mandated earlier this year, the governor has now mandated an additional 2.5 percent general revenue reduction for FY 2011.

Regular library hours will resume Monday, Jan. 3. For more information, contact

The WTIC has four objectives: to develop an infrastructure for clinical research and study of new therapies for the treatment of influenza and its complications, to provide education to patients and families in order to limit the spread of influenza, to establish a clinical approach to pandemic influenza and to provide a model of care for the influenza patient. For more information on the WTIC, log on to

Budget Update

This will require an additional $3.8 million reduction to the FY 2011 operating budget. The Texas Legislature, which convenes in January, will be forced to address an anticipated budget shortfall of more than $20 billion. TTUHSC anticipates additional budget reductions due to this shortfall, effective Sept. 1, 2011, although the magnitude is not known at this time. I am working closely with our deans and vice presidents to explore areas where we can be fiscally responsive to the state’s request. We must prioritize our endeavors while continuing our core mission. My goal is to minimize the adverse effects of these budget reductions. I want to thank each of you for your hard work and commitment to our institution. Sincerely, Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D. TTUHSC President

TTUHSC Holiday Schedule

The TTUHSC Amarillo campus will be closed for business Friday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 27 for the winter holiday. TTUHSC will also be closed Friday, Dec. 31 for New Year’s.

Dec. 15, 2010 TTUHSC the BEAT SECTION C



ELF Drawing Winners: Kristen Womble $50 Bed Bath & Beyond gift card Kathleen Anderson $50 Kirkland’s gift card Racheal Suffield $50 Best Buy and Spice Cocoa gift basket

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Kathleen Gately $50 Academy gift card


Sherry Skidmore

Carmen Miranda $100 Walmart gift card

Hometown: Amarillo

Dallas Eaves $100 cash

Favorite thing about your job: The people I work with and the students. I am fortunate to be in the job I am in.

Gift wish tags for the Employee Love Fund (ELF) project are still available. They can be found hanging on small trees in the Amarillo Research Building, the Pharmacy Academic Center, the main TTUHSC lobby, the School of Pharmacy and in Human Resources. ELF gifts must be wrapped and ready for delivery by Dec. 17. All gifts must have the original ELF gift tag attached. For more information, contact John Betancourt at (806) 354-5647 or Holly Rinehart at (806) 354-5530.

Favorite thing about TTUHSC: I love what Texas Tech represents to the community: hope, education and medical service.

Geriatrics Division receives generous donation

Department: Physical Therapy Job Title: Unit Coordinator Years at TTUHSC: 15 years

What did you want to be when you were a kid: A grown-up. Seriously, a special education teacher.

Darla Mitchell $100 Home Depot gift card

Welcome to TTUHSC! Jackie Carlson specialist IV, Human Resources

Kristen Wallace medical billing associate, Business Office Lisa Shores medical billing associate, Business Office Charetta West office assistant, Deans Office, School of Pharmacy

Hobbies: Reading, quilting, leather work, bead work and I work with horse hair.

Something few people know: I have an extremely large heart when it comes to helping people.

Elida Quintero $100 Westgate Mall gift card

Mary Almond medical billing associate, Business Office

Your family: I am married to Bill Skidmore. I have two sons and a daughter. They are all married. I have two grandsons, two granddaughters and another grandson on the way.

Place you would like to visit: I would like to go to Germany. I want to take my mom. She was in Germany for three years when my dad was stationed there. Her dream is to go back.

Wendi Finney Swope $100 in lottery tickets

Rebecca Collins patient services specialist, Pediatrics Lonnie Strickland tradesman, Maintenance and Operations The Amarillo Alzheimer’s Academy, a part of the TTUHSC Division of Geriatrics, is presented a check for $890. Residents from The Cottages at Quail Creek raised the money during a recent craft show. The Amarillo Alzheimer’s Academy provides education about Alzheimer’s disease to caregivers and the community.

Tara Thornton coordinator, Accreditation and Planning Susan Denney senior writer, School of Pharmacy Sciences Joann Urben unit coordinator, Clinical Research Unit Rosa Recio technician 3, Clements Unit



Dec. 15, 2010 TTUHSC the BEAT SECTION D

Wednesday Dec. 15 EEO/Sexual Harassment Refresher Training This course is being offered to employees who need to complete their mandatory EEO/sexual harassment refresher training before Dec. 31 and prefer not to take the course online. It will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 in Room 4717. For those who prefer to complete the course online, it can be accessed at If completing online, a signed copy of the certificate of completion must be sent to before you will receive credit. Internal Medicine Grand Rounds Eddie Ysasaga, M.D., will present “Age Related Macular Degeneration 2010” from Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 in the School of Pharmacy auditorium. Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to identify patients at risk for age related macular degeneration, recognize the importance of systemic factors as related to age related macular degeneration, review stages of age related macular degeneration and review current treatment programs. The TTUHSC Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) designates this educational activity for a maximum of one AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Stress Management Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress by attending this TechLinked event with Alan Korinek, Ph.D., senior director of the Lubbock Psychiatry Department. The course will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 in Room 4717. Participants should leave with an understanding of the threestage model of burnout and with strategies for effectively managing stress. ..............................................................................................................................................................

CAMPUS LIFE ANNUAL HOLIDAY MEAL: Nearly 500 people attend the annual Holiday Meal in the School of Pharmacy auditorium. The event included a silent auction, ELF drawing and a dance video presentation.

HABLANDO APPRECIATION RECEPTION: The Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health hosts an appreciation reception for those who helped make the 2010 Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer event a success.

Dec. 15, 2010 TTUHSC the BEAT SECTION E

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Recipe by: Ina Garten


16 large white mushrooms 5 tbsp olive oil 2 1/2 tbsp Marsala wine 3/4 pound Italian sausage 6 scallions, minced 2 garlic cloves minced 2/3 c panko crumbs 5 oz mascarpone cheese 1/3 c grated Parmesan 2 1/2 tbsp minced parsley Salt and black pepper


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and chop them finely. Set aside. Place the mushroom caps in a shallow bowl and toss with 3 tbsp of the olive oil and Marsala. Set aside. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage, crumbling it with a spoon. Cook the sausage for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until well browned. Add the chopped mushroom stems and cook 3 minutes. Stir in the scallions and garlic and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the panko crumbs, and finally, swirl in the mascarpone and continue cooking until the it has melted and made the sausage mixture creamy. Off the heat, stir in the Parmesan, parsley, and season with salt and pepper, to taste, Cool slightly. Fill each mushroom with the sausage mixture. Arrange the mushrooms in a baking dish large enough to hold all the mushrooms in a snug single layer. Bake until the stuffing for 50 minutes, until the stuffing is browned and crusty. ……………………………… If you would like to submit a recipe for the Beat please email it to



Dec. 15, 2010 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


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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