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Sign the Beam Ceremony at the New UMC Health and Wellness Hospital

An American flag whips behind the steel frame of the future UMC Health & Wellness Hospital, where men in white, brown, and yellow hardhats weld metal to metal, and showers of sparks rain down through the humid air. There’s a storm to the south, and
rain pours in long gray-blue streaks against the horizon, threatening the event but promising all the new things that come with rain in an arid West Texas. No one seems to mind. As chairs fill beneath the simple white tent, others crowd around and
listen as UMC Board Member Jolyn Wilkins moves behind the podium and shares how thankful she is for the Health and Wellness Hospital, for the hard work being done, and, of course, for the rain. Mark Funderburk speaks after her, highlighting how the
new hospital is a way to expand UMC’s many life-saving services and the beginning of a new chapter for the hospital system. He mentions unfathomable amounts of ran cable and poured concrete. Always gracious, he thanks those in attendance, leading
the small audience in a round of applause for a semi-circle of construction workers just outside the tent’s threshold. Though mostly a stoic bunch, many of them smile and nod their heads.

The rain falls calmly, and sunlight diffuses through the gray overcast clouds to the east, creating a halo that hovers over the new building’s frame. In the benediction, Larry Cothrin says, “May God bless every beam and bolt.” His simple alliteration
causes a ripple of smiles through the audience. We’re all reminded, in some way, of the many details that go into the building of a new hospital and what they mean. We imagine the structure’s standing walls and fluorescent lights for a moment. We
imagine all of our new UMC family members that will soon be caring for others. We see a vision of the future in the building, a vision every employee at UMC is a part of.

A table filled with branded cookies reading “UMC Health & Wellness Hospital” and “Our Passion is You” is moved out of the rain and beneath the tent as attendees queue to sign a white, painted beam labeled with the hospital’s name. There’s
a lightness as the crowd mingles closely, and each person conspires with others about what to write or whether to merely write their name on the beam. Mark signs first and writes, in careful black script, “God bless this place and all who come here.”
Within minutes, the white beam is covered in the black, red, and blue sharpied names of UMC employees and the construction workers intimately familiar with the building in its early state. Eventually, the beam is hoisted high atop the building’s
frame, where it crowns darker steel beams. For the first time, the building is truly given its name: UMC Health and Wellness Hospital, and it proudly wears it like a badge. During the ceremony, the rain falls, droplets rippling in small pools collecting
around the building and tent. The rain feels like a godsend, like Larry’s benediction answered, and the verses of American poet Jones Very come to mind when he writes,

How, like a blessing, falls the rain

On thirsty field, and parched hill,

And on the dry, and dusty plain,

Low swamp and pool the rain drips fill…

And man, with every living thing,

With grateful heart his voice doth lift

In praise to God; and thanks doth bring

For every good and perfect gift.

ICUs Working Together Through Trauma

Resiliency and mental health have come to the forefront of administrators’ minds as hospitals and their staffs move into a later stage of the coronavirus pandemic. For example, UMC offers staff-wide access to meQuilibrium. This award-winning, self-paced resiliency training program addresses the burnout and trauma of working in a hospital environment. However, with so many tightly knit teams having experienced the worst of the pandemic together, some of our medical staff saw potential in creating small Peer Support Groups. These groups were designed to allow nurses and doctors to talk through personal traumas, find relief in sharing their experiences, and learn that they aren’t alone in their struggle to move past the most severe moments. Stephanie Dobbins, a Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) nurse, decided to bring the Peer Support Group model, originally established by Pastoral Care, to the MICU. The MICU was designated as the first unit to receive COVID-19 patients. When the unit was full (which it often was), patients overflowed into other ICUs. Stephanie’s experience in the MICU and her education in Critical Incident and Stress Management (CISM) made her an ideal advocate and leader for establishing a Peer Support Group program.

“We realized that we would often ask our co-workers how they were doing as a nurse, but we needed to start asking them how they were doing as a person,” Stephanie said. It’s not uncommon for the MICU staff to “code” a patient, the very physical and emotional process of trying to resuscitate a patient. Stephanie implemented a countermeasure called a “Code Lavender,” a response to the emotional trauma of those events and the lasting emotional fatigue that comes from working in an intensive care unit. The gesture might seem small at first: bags with lavender essential oils, a motivational quote, helpful items that serve to heal. However, with the bag comes the critical question: “How are you doing?” and an opportunity for a conversation with those that understand. During the worst period of the pandemic, the already difficult tempo and emotional strain of working in the MICU became much worse. Therefore, it became important that the support infrastructure grew to meet the moment.

To understand the moment, it’s important to recognize the pandemic’s effect on the MICU before access to vaccines. The United States, like many of the most impacted countries in the world, saw ICUs filled with COVID-19 patients. As patients filled the ICUs, patients with other chronic illnesses struggled with medical access. Surrounding rural clinics and hospitals couldn’t transfer patients to better-equipped facilities, putting rural medical staff under immense stress and leaving some MICU nurses to counsel smaller facilities on using specialized equipment, like ventilators. As a result of this unprecedented strain on the medical system and a lack of treatments early on, people died at an extraordinary rate, and most often, it was in these ICU settings. As of this writing, over one million Americans have died from COVID-19. Stephanie said, “In a 3-day period in December 2020, we had fifteen patients pass.” The result was feelings of hopelessness, traumatization, and isolation. As recently as this April, Stephanie and other MICU nurses knew that the nurses had not moved on from the worst of the pandemic and something needed to be done.

The first Peer Support Group meeting was scheduled to be as accessible to the busy MICU staff as possible. More than twenty nurses and doctors attended the meeting. They shared, with those who understood the most, some of the enduring challenges left from those early stages of the pandemic. Nurses and physicians shared their stories and built networks with those who understood them. While only the first of many meetings to come, the door to recovery was opened wider—our medical staff shared stories of hope, and they became contagious. Stephanie plans to ramp up meetings to meet the need. She believes an appropriate schedule would have a meeting once a month, and she expects the attendance for these meetings to increase in the future as nurses and physicians share their value. She hopes the Peer Support Group in the MICU could serve as a model for other ICUs and sections that are acutely affected by the pandemic. She believes they should be established internally by trusted team members. “We’re still dealing with PTSD. We are taking care of our patients, but we’ve been through a lot. Some of us still feel isolated.” The Peer Support Group is the beginning of healing for many of our nurses and physicians. It’s up to all of us to understand each other’s stories, do what we can to heal jointly, and find ways to overcome these unique mental health challenges. We should build our own support groups, share what we learn from resiliency programming like meQuilibrium, and advocate for counseling, free for employees through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). We should listen a little longer to one another and respect the many challenges we all face to make this critical health system work. We’re a family at UMC, and we should do everything we can to care for our family.

Deep Dive: Family-Centered Care in Pediatrics

The word swirls in her mother’s head like a storm: “Leukemia.” The walls in the hospital’s room are colorful, filled with bright murals that lift her spirits, but the potential diagnosis still weighs heavily on her. She hopes it’s not true, that the doctor’s suspicions are wrong and that they’re dealing with something simpler, but when the doctor returns, his solemn face says it all—her daughter, Jamie, has cancer. Nothing in their world will ever be the same.

The road to recovery is a long one. Regular visits and chemotherapy involve the support of the entire family. Jamie’s three sisters follow along every visit, cheering her on and providing normalcy in a difficult situation. Her mother works around an impossible schedule, but she makes it to every appointment and follows every directive. Jamie’s mother and sisters have come to rely on their pediatric nurse, Casey, someone they know will be by Jamie’s side, helping her heal through challenging days. Casey is there for everything, laughing in those joyful moments, crying when it so often hurts, and teaching her family how to care for Jamie at home while between visits. Though the journey is hard, the doctor eventually returns after her final tests and says, “Her cancer is in remission. We’ve beat this.”

Follow-up visits ensure Jamie’s cancer doesn’t return, but before any test, Jamie spends time close to Casey. They talk about how well school is going and how her grades are the best in her class. She shares her favorite videos from social media. They laugh at a picture of her dog, Luna, hanging upside down on her couch, tongue hanging out the side of her mouth. Jamie brings Casey a plant as a gift, and Casey promises to keep it alive, though she’s never had much of a green thumb. Jamie’s said it a million times, but she whispers it again, a soft “Thank you,” and this ritual repeats with each visit.

One day many years later, Jamie comes through the Pediatrics door with two small children of her own, born long after their mother’s bout with cancer. They’re healthy, vibrant, and Casey knows that, without the hard work of Jamie’s family, her doctors, and talented nurses, none of it could be possible. Just as she did when she was a little girl, Jamie wraps her arms around Casey and whispers, “Thank you,” and her children latch to each of Casey’s legs, seeming to know her in ways they can’t yet describe.

Pediatrics is family-centered care, treating parents, grandparents, siblings, and children like Jamie daily. In this unique hospital environment, nurses become a part of the family, and families, in turn, become a part of UMC’s skilled team of caregivers. Pediatric nurses learn early on that their scope of care includes more than a sick child. Parents and siblings must be taught about medical treatments and equipment, sometimes across language barriers. When situations become emotionally difficult, nurses turn their attention to family members and serve as pillars of support. Pediatric nurses need to be intuitive and watch for social and familial problems that might be under the surface to ensure the best care for their young patients.

Nancy Leal, Director of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), said, “In one day, a nurse might take care of a three-week-old baby and an eighteen-year-old athlete.” She highlighted the principles of being a pediatric nurse, including the importance of open and objective information sharing between families and providers, sensitivity to cultural and spiritual dimensions, including families in decisions, and the incorporation of families across all parts of their child’s care. “Every patient is our patient,” she said, describing how teamwork is vital in the pediatric environment and how the values of teamwork are important to UMC as a whole.

Pediatric nurses are cross-trained on the Pediatrics Floor and the PICU regardless of their final assignment. Nancy believes it’s important for nurses in Pediatrics to understand how different points of care affect the overall outcome of patient recovery. Both sections share important resources, including social services, pharmacists, dieticians, and child-life professionals. The cross-training and broad awareness of pediatric services result in holistic care for children and their families. However, it takes more than cross-training to build a cohesive team. Nancy and the pediatric nurses have taken time outside the high-stress PICU and Pediatric environment to cut loose and help nurses get to know one another.

“We recently went to 4ORE! Golf as a group and hit balls and shared chips and salsa together,” Nancy said with a smile. “I can get to know you so much better when we’re not responding to a crisis.” Teamwork and mutual understanding are critically important in high-stakes environments like pediatrics, where children being cared for in the unit can deteriorate quickly and where on-hand nurses are responsible for split-second decisions that may be lifesaving. The more the nurses work together, share information, and put their heads together, the better the overall patient outcomes.

Stories like Jamie’s show that pediatric care often results in life-long connections between nurses, patients, and their family members. Nurses know that not every ending is a happy one, but they can rest assured that children receive the best care possible in an environment fostered by teamwork, commitment, and passion. “I know it’s hard for some families to let you in… to relinquish that emotion and those feelings and allow a total stranger to move through this intimate period with you.” Our pediatric nurses fill those roles every day, building trust and reaching goals that, at first encounter, seem impossibly far away. But on the best days and with the best outcomes, those young children grow, maybe have children of their own, and never once forget the name of the nurse that helped them build a beautiful life forward.

A Return to Volunteering at UMC

From the first moment a patient, visitor, or employee steps through the doors at UMC, they’re greeted by a smiling face. Volunteers give directions if needed or supply a mask if someone is visiting one of the in-patient areas of the hospital. These kind helpers are our “Blue Coats,” often senior volunteers contributing their unpaid time to assist in the hospital’s daily operations by demystifying its winding halls and various elevator locations. They politely ask us about our days, and they listen and understand in a hospital where days can sometimes be long and difficult. They empathize with both those they know and complete strangers. At its root, volunteering is about passion, truly Passion in Action, and ordinary people doing extraordinary things to help others.

The pandemic disproportionately affected the senior volunteer population and threatened the safety of those most willing to give their time. UMC made the responsible decision with ICUs full of COVID-19 patients, hospitals having to reject transfers, and contingencies put in place to add beds. The volunteer program was shut down for a short time. Essential personnel pressed on against the odds, doing everything they could to mitigate the pandemic’s devastation. As non-essential services left full-time employees uncertain of their future, many of them filled the former roles of displaced volunteers. Though fewer visitors came through the doors during those times, the spirit of volunteerism lived on, resilient to the challenges, and our UMC family focused on protecting those most vulnerable to the disease.

With the availability of immunizations, the risks associated with COVID-19 lowered, loosening the pandemic’s volunteering restraints and allowing UMC to rebuild its volunteer force. Julie Dominguez, director of Volunteer Services, Guest Services, and Seniors Are Special, says that returning to pre-pandemic norms has been slow. The pandemic has changed the volunteer population. “We actually have a lot more student volunteers than we do community volunteers, so the whole program has kind of changed a little bit. But when you’re dealing with the senior population, they don’t want to get in the hospital—they don’t want to come back.” The concern is reasonable. Working in a place where the sickest people in the region frequently invites a dangerous risk. However, many community volunteers are returning to UMC with easier access to vaccinations and boosters. Julie mentioned that some community volunteers are using their networking power to reach out to former volunteers to try and recruit them back into service. She believes that if some senior volunteers can convey a safer environment, UMC can achieve pre-pandemic levels of volunteering again, despite COVID-19 still being a factor.

“I have a couple of ladies that work the front desk multiple times a week,” Julie says. “We have volunteers from so many different backgrounds. I have a volunteer that was an administrator of a hospital and ladies that were business owners. They do this out of the goodness of their heart.” The front desk was the first volunteer location to be restaffed, and some services run by volunteers, such as the book cart, have only recently returned to service. Julie sees more for the future of volunteering at UMC. Still, she admits that filling the spaces left by community volunteers during the worst part of the pandemic is most essential. Volunteers lighten the load for medical professionals. They allow nurses and doctors to focus more when they know a knowledgeable and effective volunteer can tie up loose ends or take care of smaller tasks.

There is observable power in patients, visitors, and employees knowing that volunteers are committing their time to the hospital because when people freely give their time to something, it’s often an important cause. Volunteers’ smiling faces at the front desks remind us of our broader mission of helping people in some of their most difficult times. How many times have concerned and overwhelmed visitors stepped through the doors of UMC only to leave the front desk smiling confidently? Volunteers are often the beginning and the end of our patient experience. As we slowly return to normalcy, everyone at UMC will feel the effects of the rebounding volunteer population—every day striving to make our day a little better for no reason other than wanting us to be happy.

Way to Go, Career Ladder Recipients

Congratulations to our April 2021 to April 2022 Career Ladder Recipients! Thank you for always showing your passion to care for community!

Level One

Anderson, Lauren
Arenivar, Serica
Bautista, Karen
Benitez, Sabrina
Bessire, Kaytlin Jo
Bucksath, McKenzie
Bueno, Maria
Bueno, Ramon
Burge, Bailey
Casselberry, Audrey
Castanon, Claudia
Castro, Gabriela
Chapa, Jada
Cook, Amanda
Counts, Miranda
Dahlseide, Karen
Davis, Karen
De La Fuente, Selina
Dorsett, Sandra
Duncan, Kendal
Eaker, Shawna
Exum, Heather
Fiddler, Glenn
Fields, Keeley
Fitch, Lexie Paige
Foster, Stephen
Fraga, Rachel
Francis, Rosalina
Garcia, Brandon
Garcia, Joann
Garcia, Laura
Gaylon, Emily
Givens, Shalee
Gray, Anissa
Grooms, Mary Grace
Hagins, Cayley
Hall, Morgan
Hemm, Kellie
Hernandez, Ramon
Hernandez, Erica
Hurtado, Liliana
Jacobo, Destiny
Jimenez, Ryan
Jones, Susan
Kimbrough, Annette
King, Jerome
Klassen, Alayna
Klaussen, Tiffany
Latham, Kenedee
Layher, Krystal
Leal, Aimee
Lopez, Christina
Manahan, KeAndrea
Mapes, Whitney
Matei, Regina
McCleery, Beverly
McGinnis, Brandi
Medina, Loree
Mell, Kendra
Merchant, Courtney
Montadon, Chad
Moore, Kensey
Moore, JJ
Morales, Marita
Morgan, Abbey
Ogutu, Vivian
Patano, Ma Helena
Patino, Brianda
Poquiz, Arlene
Price, Jana
Props, Maritoni
Purdom, Ann
Rex, Kendall
Roberts, Teresa
Robertson, Brandy
Robins, Ashlei
Robinson, Amanda
Rodriguez, Sharina
Ruperto, Maria Lourdes
Simek, Erika
Sisk, Mandy
Snyder, Danaica
Stone, Amy
Strawn, Sheridan
Sweetman, Janice
Tedford, Shelbey
Tedford, Scott
Teroy, Amalia
Tibbets, Shanna
Tifora, JL Grace
Vasquez-Garza, Cheyenne
Velarde, Monica
Venable, Amanda
Vestal, Kelsey
Wampler, Janie
Washburn, Kaytlan
Waters, Regan
Williams, Charlotte
Williams, Kelsey
Yatan, Annalyne
Zachary, Tabitha

Level Two

Aldrich, Lisa
Al-Sheikh, Carolina
Bergen, Alisa
Bhakta, Nital
Bontke, Cheyenne
Bridges, JoAnna
Brooks, Melanie
Bullock, Jessica
Burgos, Myra
Butler, Lynnlee
Cagle, Elisa
Cardona, Cristina
Cartwright, Kelsey
Cockhill, Theresa
Cruce, Heather
Cunningham, Courtney
Curry, Kathy
Dabila, Zochitl
DePew, Crystal
Futrell, Lydia
Gabaldon, Brianna
Garcia, Stephanie
Garcia, Gabe
Garza, Tina
Gerales, Geraldine
Giron, Eleanor
Giron, Rhia
Haos, Jennifer
Harvill, Brandy
Hay, Peggy
Hernandez, Mayra
Hoffman, Jacob
Howard, Teneisha
James, Shanna
Jameson, Lisa
Jinon, Regina
Keezer, Ciara
King, Angela
Larochelle, Harmony
Lawson, Stefanie
Lawson, Jennifer
Loper, Candace
Lopez, Deborah
Lyon, Carson
Marrow, Holly
McKinney, Cheryl
Mireles, Brianne
Olivarez, Lori
Owen, David
Patano, Jowel
Price , Sarah
Pruitt, Amanda
Rasura, Samantha
Reyna, Angelica
Reynolds, Ruth
Reynolds, Hannah
Rios, Breann
Rodriguez, Zack
Sayles, Crystal
Schroeder, Natali
Sheppard, Valerie
Shrestha, Chandra
Simants, Nicole
Stone, Michelle
Strathman, Kevin
Thornton, Alana
Tovar, Michele
Tygart, Cristita
Vaughn, Teresa
Veal, Corina
Villegas, Sheiba
Vinyard, Cole
Volante, Christian
Walsh, Emily
Wilson, Blair
Witt, Amy
Young, Grayson

Level Three

Atienza, Roma
Bednarz, Bridget
Brodbeck, Chelsea
Carlton, Lindsey
Chang, Heejae
Cooley, Andria
Dean, Sarah
Foster, Malory
Holloway, Brittany
Keaty, Apryl
Kinman, Jaycie
Kotara, Kari
Lindley, Bailey
Masters, Kaylen
Menegay, Brandee
Monforte, Kacie
Mooney, Jennifer
Morales, Regina
Muncy, Amy
Palentinos, Jae
Pena, Sarah
Reno, Michelle
Savage, Cindy
Sealana-Morris, Maria Estela
Simons, Candice
Smith, Tamarah
Stinebaugh, Brenna
Swindell, Casey
Tucker, Amber
Valdez, Kristi
Vernier, Brooklyn
Vigil, Logan
Wilhoite, Susan
Winn, Stacy

Level Four

Alexander, Jessica
Brown, Chavela
Carroll, Kendra
Chatterton, Blaire
Cunningham, Hannah
Devore, Heather
Diaz, Hilary
Disher, Kelly
Domingo, Hazel
Ford, Kayla
Haron, Mary Ann
Harris, Autumn
Lopez, Jill
Mayer, Scott
Moorhead, Kailey
Reyes, Kristina
Simonton, Diana
Villanueva, Feliden

Level Five

Allen, Cannon
Fuller, Lena
Harbuck, Tara
Luna, Breonne
Martinez, Emily
Phillips, Hillery
Prewit, Sara
Shanklin, Jill
Sniegowski, Quinntita
Wilburn, Alyson
Wolff, Jessica


UMCP Clinic Spotlight – UMC Gastroenterology at MOP I

UMC Health System has fellowship-trained gastroenterologists who provide the highest level of comprehensive care for a variety of gastrointestinal conditions. UMC Gastroenterology at MOP I is one of the few locations that offer amazing care to our community. Dr. Das is an accomplished Board-Certified Advanced Gastroenterologist with a goal of providing passionate and patient-centered care.

Meet the Provider:

Kanak Das, MD

Kanak Das, M.D. 

What people are saying about us:

“Great provider, who is very interested, and engaged in the entire visit!”

“Dr. Das took the time to explain my situation and answer all of my questions. I left feeling very good about my doctor and the treatment I was receiving.”

“Everyone was very courteous and professional. This was my first visit with Dr Das and I was very satisfied with our visit.”

40-Year-Employee Spotlight – Sandra Reyes

Sandra Reyes has been with UMC for 40 years, and we are so thankful for her service! Read below to hear more about Rosalyn and why she loves UMC and continues to work for us.

1. Why did you choose UMC 40 years ago?

I chose UMC because I was excited about a new hospital opening in Lubbock and wanted to be a part of its growth and development. My first start date was actually when the hospital first opened in 1978, but due to health reasons, I left and then came back in 1981 and never looked back!

2. In what capacities have you worked during your time here?

I have worked in housekeeping and now work in the Nursing Support Services.

3. What do you love most about UMC?

The thing I love most about UMC is the people. I have met so many people and have gotten to learn so much through them and build strong relationships!

4. What is UMC’s best quality?

UMC’s best quality is the culture the administration, and employees implement in the health system and in the community.

“Even though I am Sandra’s director, I deeply value her input as she has had an amazing 40-year reputation here at UMC. When I need a straight answer or words of wisdom I look to Sandra Reyes!”
– Anita Menefee, Director of UMC Nursing Support Services

UMC Undy Run

This year marks the first year for the UMC Undy Run, which is a fundraiser that raises awareness for Colon Cancer.

The run was the last weekend in March, which is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon cancer is the 2nd most common cancer, while among the easiest cancers to treat if caught early enough. The Undy Run is just one of the ways UMC informs the community about the importance of colon screening and preventative measures to take to keep your colon healthy.

The event was for anyone, and all funds raised money for families a part of the Colon Cancer Alliance organization, and for the UMC Cancer Center Celebrate Today Fund.

Overall, the first event was one for the books and raised $4,000! Thanks to everyone who participated, we are already looking forward to next year’s Undy Run!

UMC Children’s Hospital Bunco Brunch

Charles Cypert was born with severe Cleft Lip and Palate. Faced with the challenge of either going to a larger city for Charles’ surgeries or staying in Lubbock, parents Sarah and Wade Cypert decided to put their trust in UMC Health System. Charles has had ten surgeries at UMC and each experience with expert caregiver Dr. Joshua Demke as well as the phenomenal nursing and child life specialists solidified that they made the right choice.

Charles is an outstanding example of a child benefiting from the funds raised at the Bunco Brunch today benefiting UMC Children’s Hospital through Children’s Miracle Network. The inaugural event took place at Social House and included 2 rounds of Bunco as well as a Silent Auction.

Currently, the event has raised $44,000 and 100% of those funds will stay local to go toward the children in our area being treated at UMC Children’s Hospital.

Overall, the first year of the Bunco Brunch was a success and we want to thank everyone who made this possible!

Newsweek Award

UMC Health System is the only hospital in Lubbock, Texas to rank in the list of Newsweek’s 4th annual World’s Best Hospitals 2022 which recognizes the best medical institutions across 27 countries.

Newsweek Award 2022 - World's Best Hospitals

Newsweek ranks these hospitals by taking the following into consideration:

  • Hospital recommendations from peers: An international online survey sent to more than 80,000 doctors, hospital managers & health care professionals
  • Patient experience
  • Medical Key Performance Indicators: Mortality, Safety of Care, Readmission, Pt Experience, Timely Care, CLABSI, CAUTI, C. Diff, MRSA, SSI: Colon, Abd. Hysterectomy

Then the following weights are applied:

  • Mortality – 22%
  • Safety of Care – 22%
  • Readmission – 22%
  • Patient Experience – 22%
  • Timely and Effective Care – 12%

Out of 4,500 US hospitals (smaller ones were excluded), UMC ranked #385 and 21st in Texas. UMC exceeded 91% of US hospitals subject to ranking.

This means, because of YOU and your hard work, UMC continues to shine and rank among the best places to receive care!

Together We Stand

UMC held the annual Pinwheel Ceremony in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month. In Lubbock County, an average of 3 children per day become confirmed victims of abuse and neglect. On April 1, UMC Children’s Hospital hosted “Pinwheels for Prevention” to raise awareness for child abuse and neglect.

At the ceremony, about 150 participants placed pinwheels on the hospital grounds that will be visible to patients, staff, and visitors throughout the month of April.

In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention through Pinwheels for Prevention. Internationally, the Blue Ribbon is recognized as the sign for Child Abuse Awareness.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

Thank you for those who attended the ceremony, and together let’s share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities through the GO BLUE LUBBOCK campaign!

A UMCP Celebration

On February 25, UMCP rolled the dice at their annual banquet which was Las Vegas themed! This event celebrates their great year as well as highlights the UMCP clinics and providers. Below is the list of award winners!

  • Clinic of the Year: Kingspark

  • Employee of the Year: Lauren Casares

  • Service Excellence Award: Monica Beardemphl

  • Advanced Practice Professional of the Year: Ron Caporale

  • Physician of the Year (In Memory of): Jack McCarty

UMCP has had an amazing year and we want to thank everyone who is a part of making that happen!

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