September 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, 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

Autumn Harris

Autumn Harris, BSN, RN-BC

4 West

Mario Kopecky

Mario Kopecky


Vail Kim

Kim Vail, RN

5 West

Jasmine Vega, BSN, RN

Jasmine Vega, BSN, RN


Employee of the Month

Laura Hinojosa

UMC Team Rehab at South Plains Rehabilitation Center

Laura was caring for a patient with neurological issues when she learn he sleeps in a storage building, behind his grandmother’s house, with no cooling system. With triple digit temperatures on the horizon, Laura gathered donations and purchased a portable AC unit for him. We are thankful for her thoughtfulness and compassion!

Physician of the Month

Andres Yepes Hurtado
Andres Yepes-Hurtado, MD

Texas Tech Physicians Division of Pulmonary Medicine

Dr. Yepes is everything you’d want in a caregiver: he’s personable, skilled and caring. It’s an honor to be cared for by him!

House Staff of the Month

Christine Ibilibor, M.D.
Christine Ibilibor, MD

Texas Tech Physicians Dept. of Urology

Dr. Ibilibor is awesome! She is so caring—taking care of both her patients and her colleagues. We are so grateful to have such a supportive and thorough physician on our team.

Advanced Practice Provider of the Quarter

Sheree Martinez, N.P.
Sheree Martinez, FNP

UMC Southwest Cancer Center

Sheree goes above and beyond EVERY day! It doesn’t matter how busy she is; she is always willing to lend a helping hand and to make patients priority.
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