Now that the opening of the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes is on the not-distant horizon, it’s time to let people know. Have you seen this driving around town? This billboard is on Hwy 146, at the foot of the Kemah Bridge over Clear Lake. UTMB is back!
Archive for January, 2010
One of the great teams that will be offering its services at Victory Lakes is UTMB’s highly acclaimed Center for Weight Management (CWM). Currently based in the South Shore Harbour area, the move affords the CWM great new space in a location that will be convenient to many patients. The chances are you know someone who’s already benefitted from the excellent care and excellent results that go with this Level 1A Center of Excellence. In a theme you’ll hear repeated at Victory Lakes, the Center for Weight Management provides comprehensive care of the sort that only an academic health center can provide, including support from an expert team of physicians and surgeons, nurses, behavioral health specialists, nutritionists, physical therapists and other clinical personal. Support groups meet monthly.
The Center’s program includes Roux-en-y gastric bypass, Lap Band AP®, adjustable gastric banding system by Allergan, Realize (TM) by Ethicon (TM), Lap Band by Allergan, gastric sleeve procedures, revisions of previous bariatric surgeries, and medical weight loss consultation and programs. For more information, call (281) 538-7735 or visit www.utmb.edu/obesity.
We’ve come a long way since women’s pelvic conditions were dismissed with a blush as “female troubles.” Or have we? A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that pelvic problems plague nearly one in four women older than age 20. But all too often women put off calling their doctors for these conditions, often out of embarrassment.
The women in the JAMA study complained of incontinence—leaking urine, and, less commonly, feces—and pelvic organ prolapse. Prolapse is the falling of pelvic organs into the vagina. Women may also suffer pelvic pain. Treatments exist for all of these problems, and the team at UTMB’s Pelvic Health and Continence Center can help end the suffering and discomfort.
We captured a few snapshots on a recent visit to Victory Lakes and plan to share more of those in upcoming blog posts. Right now on the first floor, workers are putting on finishing touches. The more extensive work has shifted to the second floor, where finishes, flooring, ceiling panels and furniture are all queued up for installation. The photo above looks to the south and toward the entrance; at your back would be the main corridor shown below.
Speculation ran rampant last week when observant passersby noticed the signage at UTMB’s Victory Lakes facility had changed. Was a new logo afoot? Was some big change in the works? No, nothing in any way dramatic. The sign was originally mounted too high, closer to the roofline than the plans specified. In the pursuit of perfection and excellence that will carry over in all aspects of this new facility, the contractor is making the necessary adjustments. Watch for the sign to go back up soon.
UTMB’s clinical leadership recently announced the promotion of Kim Tindel to a critical new role. A 1987 graduate of the UTMB School of Nursing, Tindel will now serve as the director for the Specialty Care Clinics at Victory Lakes. She’ll be working closely with physicians and department administrators to bring the clinics at Victory Lakes online.
Tindel’s service at UTMB began as a staff nurse on a medical–surgical inpatient unit. She began working in the clinics in 1990; in 1996 she became a practice coordinator for UTMB Urology, and then a senior practice manager. She has been part of multi-disciplinary management teams at several specialty clinics, most recently Friendswood Pediatric Associates, Adult and Specialty Care Clinic.
In her new role, she’ll be drawing on past experience as a facilitator for the Clinic Management Group, consisting of practice and nurse managers from all primary and specialty care clinics. Kim is also chair of the newly formed Ambulatory Education Council, charged with assessing educational needs and developing strategies to serve ambulatory patients and the employees who assist them.
We are looking forward to expanding our services from our current sites to Victory Lakes! (We are currently located in the Women’s Health Center at Bay Colony in Dickinson/League City, Friendswood and Galveston.)
One of the best things about relocating to Victory Lakes is that our services will be under one roof. Currently, we offer a “virtual” comprehensive service to our patients. Our physicians who specialize in colon and rectal surgery, urogynecology, geriatrics and urology collaborate and work together to take care of our patients. However, when the Victory Center opens its doors, we will all be located in the same building and will offer even more convenient and personalized care. This care will be enhanced with physical therapy, radiology, pain management, and psychology services.
Pelvic health is important to us! Urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain and sexual dysfunctions can be sensitive and potentially embarrassing conditions. Our patients receive respect and understanding from our expert team through all stages of evaluation and treatment. Our goal is to tailor each evaluation and treatment plan to your individual needs. Improvement in their overall quality of life is the goal.
Please feel free to contact us at (281) 534-6414 with your pelvic health issues, or read more about us in our Pelvic Health Flyer.
Workers this past week braved the cold to get the primary signage installed on our new facility. It will be illuminated and visible at night. It’s looking good.
If you are passionate about excellence, love the work you do and are great at it, there may be a place for you on the Victory Lakes team. We are building a team that is committed to total patient service as well as patient and physician satisfaction. An initial batch of more than 20 positions for the UTMB Specialty Care Center has been posted, and more are coming later this week. To learn more or apply, go online: http://www.utmb.edu/hcm/