October 2018 Progress Notes

I’m excited to introduce the new, all-digital version of Progress Notes, our monthly newsletter. Instead of printing and mailing Progress Notes, we will email you a link to view it right here on our site. You’ll find articles about the important happenings and terrific people of UMC…all the news that makes UMC, our hospital, the No. 1 Best Place to Work in Texas. So, why the change?

  • You are the consumer – and Progress Notes is now more accessible to you – wherever you are. The For Employees section is the 2nd most popular destination on our site, with 24,000 visitors over the past 30 days. And with 70% of page views coming from mobile devices, Progress Notes will be easy to read from your cell phone or tablet.
  • We know you’re already enjoying it online! A majority of Hidden Logo contest entries are submitted when Progress Notes is posted to the website, days before it reaches your homes.
  • An online newsletter is right in line with our strategic plan: The best use of resources (stewardship) and an opportunity to keep you informed conveniently (teamwork).

Thank you for reading Progress Notes. I hope you enjoy it. Be informed. Congratulate those awarded. And always remember Service is our Passion.

Eric Finley
Director, UMC Marketing


UMC Completes First Successful MRI-guided Breast Biopsy

Teamwork, Safety/Quality


Care to Share



Highest Care for Tiniest Patients



Zero Heroes



The Best in Cardiac Rehabilitation for Over a Decade

Safety/Quality, Service


UMC Home Health is a 4-Star Agency



Why Service is Our Passion: Emergency Center Physicians


Enter our Contest

Answer the questions below (answers are easy if you read the articles) in an email to Danielle.Hathcoat@umchealthsystem.com, and your name will be put into a drawing for a $50 gift card. Good luck!

  • What is an Always Nurse?
  • Who named UMC Home Health a 4-Star agency?
  • Name one of the units that operated one whole year with ZERO preventative harm.


Wellness App
Employee Banquet

Jasmine Vega, BSN, RN

Jasmine Vega, BSN, RN


Tatum Shagula

Tatum Shagula

Nursing Support Services


Frank Lara


Shelly Craddick

Shelly Craddick


Deborah Alvarado

Deborah Alvarado

UMC South Plains Rehab Center

Employee of the Month

Jasmine Vega,
Jasmine Vega, BSN, RN MICU


Jasmine was caring for a pregnant mother on life support. After taking the infant to save him, it was evident the patient would not make it. The father wanted wait to withdraw care until the day after the patient’s birthday, so he and their three other children could celebrate. Jessica organized a craft: each child put their handprints with their mother’s handprint, and the baby in NICU got his footprints with her handprint. A co-worker did calligraphy for each one saying “Mommy and Me.” Jasmine bought frames and made a memory box with them. She did a great thing that this family will cherish forever!

Physician of the Month

Brian Payne, MD
Brian Payne, MD

UMC Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Dr. Payne gives the highest quality of care. He shows compassion and provides patients and their families peace during a scary time. We are grateful for him!

House Staff of the Month

Dargelis Chi, MD
Dargelis Chi, MD

Texas Tech Resident Physician, Dept. of Neurology

We could not have asked for a better person to care for our loved one than Dr. Chi! She has a true heart for caring and it shows. There is no doubt she is doing what she is called to do.

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