Dr. Jeff Temple, an assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology and a member of the Pelvic Health and Continence Center team, will study the impact of teen dating violence on mental health with the help of a research grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. His proposal was selected from a pool of 47 applicants from 19 universities across Texas. The foundation awarded 10 grants totaling nearly $150,000. Temple will expand an ongoing study of the effects of teen dating violence on mental health and dropout rates among low-income and ethnically diverse youth. According to his proposal, an estimated 25 percent of teens are physically or sexually abused by dating partners each year. Many more are victims of severe emotional and verbal abuse. Read more…
Archive for May, 2010
As of January 2010 many insurance companies have extended coverage to include the Gastric Sleeve procedure (also known as Sleeve Gastrectomy). This procedure is offered by the UTMB Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery, one of the service teams at Victory Lakes.
Aetna, United Healthcare and Cigna insurance carriers have all updated their policies and many of their groups now cover the Gastric Sleeve. If you are interested in this procedure, please contact your insurance provider for additional details.
Marjorie M. Kovacevich recently joined the management team in Victory Lakes as business manager for the UTMB Specialty Care Center. She holds a degree in business administration from Texas A&M University in College Station and an MBA from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. After working for a physician-owned Preferred Provider Organization, Marjorie joined UTMB in 1998. She has worked as a management analyst for the Faculty Group Practice, a senior practice manager and a physician services manager. After Hurricane Ike, Marjorie relocated to League City, where she has served as the senior practice manager of a UTMB clinic while retaining her financial/budgetary responsibilities for the Community Based Clinics (CBC); she also served as the CBC liaison to the physicians for contracting and compensation. In her role at Victory Lakes, Marjorie will be analyzing the performance of business operations, reviewing trends, studying performance and identifying opportunities for improvement.
At UTMB’s Center for Obesity and Metabolic Surgery, a driving belief is that the quality of any endeavor depends upon the quality of the people engaged in the effort. The center’s team is committed to outstanding patient care, and is committed to seeing that each individual achieves his or her highest personal potential for good health as part of a good life. Our faculty are outstanding, our staff are excellent and experienced, and the care and services we provide are comprehensive. Learn more on the group’s new web site at www.utmbhealth.com/obesity.
Hala Ghoson was recently announced as the pharmacist for the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes; she recently joined the team as the pharmacist-in-charge (PIC) but has been working for UTMB since 2002. She graduated from the University of Houston with a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (Pharm D). Ghoson has worked in a decentralized pharmacy setting, rotating through different areas such as geriatrics, intensive care and general medicine, where she’s said she valued working closely with physicians and other care professionals. In 2005, she began working as part of a successful team at the outpatient oncology clinic, and in 2008, helped set up a pharmacy for the Cancer Center.
UTMB’s Dr. Tristi Muir, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and the director of urogynecology, will be featured on tonight’s KTRK-TV (Ch. 13) 10 p.m. newscast. The topic is “Sex in the Middle Ages,” dealing with midlife and menopause. Dr Muir serves as medical director for the Pelvic Health and Continence Center at the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes.
She received her medical degree from Mayo Medical School in 1993, completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Scott and White Hospital, and then completed a 3-year fellowship in urogynecology and reconstructive surgery at The Cleveland Clinic. Concurrently, Dr. Muir received fellowship training in advanced laparoscopy. She’s board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and was elected to the AOA Medical Honor Society in 1997. She joined UTMB in 2008 and is now leading a great team at Victory Lakes.
UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes is proud to introduce our new administrator for the Outpatient Surgical Center, Paul Bolling. Paul has over 22 years in the healthcare industry. He earned a degree in Business Administration-Management in 1988 from the University of Houston Clear Lake. In 2004, he earned his CASC Certification from the Board of Ambulatory Surgery Centers, a credential of distinction earned by those in the field. He has a proven track record in both ambulatory surgery center operations and surgical hospital operations as a past administrator and CEO. His leadership skills, experience and stellar references position him well to lead the surgery center at Victory Lakes. We are excited to have him as a part of our management team, and to have him on board as we open our Surgery Center on Monday, May 17.
A large and enthusiastic crowd was at Victory Lakes Tuesday afternoon for the facility’s official ribbon cutting. Joined by local community and business leaders, local and state elected officials, and UTMB and UT System leadership, representatives from the League City Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Toni Randall held the ribbon as Dr. Ken Shine and Fred Burns made it “official.” More than a hundred appointments are already scheduled this first week, and additional services come online next Monday. See story in The Daily News.