May 2019 – Progress Notes


Leading the Way in Cancer Care



Telemetry Spotlight


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We Love our Nurses



New Rooms Provide Safer Care


South Plains Rehabilitation Hospital Now Open



Zero Heroes



Brixton Marshall


Enter our Contest

Answer the questions below (answers are easy if you read the articles) in an email to, and your name will be put into a drawing for a $50 gift card. Good luck! Last month's winner was Lena Fuller, Clinical Instructor in the FBC.

  1. Name the two new treatment technologies recently introduced by the Radiation Oncology team in the UMC Southwest Cancer Center.
  2. What does our Telemetry department do?
  3. When did South Plains Rehabilitation Hospital begin serving patients?
  4. Name a unit that continued with Zero harm for EIGHT quarters.

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Employee of the Month

Casey Garcia, RN

4 East

Casey was caring for a newly diagnosed cancer patient who was pregnant and had been induced and had a miscarriage. The patient was trying to make funeral plans and cremate the baby, but she did not have the funds needed. Casey stepped in and paid for the baby’s cremation. Thank you, Casey, for your care!

Attending of the Month

Niska, Blevins, D.O
Niska Blevins, MD

UMC Radiology

Dr. Blevins, and his team, recently worked with speech pathologists to improve the safety of dysphagia patients doing swallow studies under fluoroscopy. We appreciate him for not just pointing out the issue but for also getting in the trenches with us to improve the process.

House Staff of the Month

Alkul, Suzanne
Suzanne Alkul, MD

TTUHSC Dept. of Internal Medicine

Dr. Alkul personified grace and gentleness while comforting a mother whose daughter was dying in UMC’s Emergency Center. Her willingness to journey with this mother through an extremely tough event speaks volumes of her!

KaWanna McCormick

Trauma & Burn Services

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Christina Montanez, RN

5 West

Wingfield, Linda

Linda Kaye Wingfield, BSN, RN

Case Management

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Courtney Halfmann, BSN, RN, CPN



Kailey Moorhead, BSN, RN, CCRN

Trauma & Surgical ICU

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