A team from the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes will be representing UTMB at the Red, White & Bayou Crawfish & Texas Music Festival on Saturday, May 15. The event runs from 11 a.m. to midnight at Highway 3 and FM 517 in Dickinson. Admission is free; food sales benefit area non-profits. For more information, visit the festival’s web site or call 281-534-4380.
Archive for April, 2010
After years of planning and months of construction, work and preparation, UTMB’s Specialty Care Center at Victory Lake will open to patients on Monday, May 3. The community is invited to attend a special dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 4. At the event, UTMB President Dr. David L. Callender will welcome state Reps. Craig Eiland and Larry Taylor. Dr. Kenneth I. Shine, executive vice chancellor for health affairs at UT System, will formally dedicate the building. The center represents a major expansion of services for patients in north Galveston and south Harris counties.
The UTMB community is invited to a dedication ceremony at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4 at the new facility in League City. If you plan to attend, please respond to Kelly Panfilli in the Office of University Events. A limited number of buses will be available to shuttle UTMB employees to and from the dedication. In order to reserve your seat on the bus, please contact Shirley Hilton, via email or by phone at 832-505-1000. The buses will pick up in front of John Sealy Hospital and will begin boarding at 11:30 a.m. for an 11:45 a.m. departure. For questions or additional information, please contact the Office of Special Events via email or at (409) 772-6377.
UTMB’s Breast Health Center at the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes will offer comprehensive services for its patients, including therapy. A specially trained team member will work up a thorough medical history and perform an evaluation that may include movement of the shoulder, identifying areas that are painful, scarred and show symptoms of abnormal swelling (lymphedema). The occupational therapist will then design an individualized program for each patient. Treatments after breast surgery can include manual lymphedema drainage, instruction on self massage techniques and a personalized home exercise program. If lymphedema is present , the therapist can use specialized compression wraps and compression garments to alleviate the condition. The therapist works with her patients throughout the course of treatment.
Vicky Moore, a 1996 graduate of the occupational therapy program at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, is an accomplished presenter, clinician and teacher. (more…)
If you work on your feet all day–perhaps in sales or as a teacher or nurse–you may be among those already familiar with spider and varicose veins in the legs. Spider veins, more common in women, are caused by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels near the skin’s surface. Varicose veins are caused by swollen or enlarged blood vessels deeper under the skin; the blood vessels have enlarged due to a weakening in the vein’s wall or valves. Varicose veins appear raised and often are blue. They can be serious because they may be associated with the development of other potentially dangerous conditions. (more…)
It’s almost showtime. The community is invited to attend an open house at our new Specialty Care Center from 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday (April 17). There will be tours of the $61 million facility, refreshments, and behind-the-scene peeks at operating suites and other places infrequently on display to the public. Doctors, staff and technology experts will be on hand to demonstrate how equipment works and answer questions at this family-friendly event.
The Specialty Care Center is at 2240 Gulf Freeway South. On I-45, take the exit for FM 646 and go north on the feeder road approximately 1 mile.
UTMB’s Vascular Laboratory has attained significant recognition for its commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality in the testing and diagnosis of vascular disease.
Why does it matter? One person in the U.S. dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States and the number one leading cause of disability. Each year 2 million Americans develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT)—blood clots in the veins. This affliction becomes life threatening for a quarter of those people, when the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism.
Early detection of these life-threatening vascular diseases is possible through the use of noninvasive vascular testing techniques as applied by UTMB’s Vascular Laboratory. (more…)
DVT—deep vein thrombosis—is a silent killer whose symptoms may be subtle and difficult to detect. When DVT is spotted early and properly treated, the risk of complications is reduced. Untreated, it may cause severe complications or death. One complication—pulmonary embolism—kills up to 300,000 people a year in the U.S., more than AIDS and breast cancer combined. While most victims are those 60 years and older, DVT can strike anyone with risk factors that include injury; prolonged immobility; history of cancer, clotting disorders or inflammatory disease; and those who use oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy. (more…)