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May 4, 2007
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First Friday Update by President Scott Ransom

Your Campus Pride dollars at work

It has been six months since more than 700 Health Science Center employees participated in an historic show of support for our first annual Campus Pride Campaign. Together we raised $33,351 for student scholarships, $64,104 for our Fund for Excellence and $44,593 for the State Employee Charitable Campaign. Thanks again for giving so generously.

Because just about everyone chose to pay out their gifts by payroll deduction, the actual gift dollars are coming in gradually. These important funds are growing slowly… but surely. That’s what counts.

Your scholarship donations will be divided among our educational programs. You’ll not only help your Health Science Center stay competitive in recruiting the best and brightest students… but also enable us to reward hardworking men and women who are determined to achieve their dreams.

But what about your gifts to the Fund for Excellence? This is the first of regular reports to you about how those dollars will be put to work furthering our Health Science Center’s mission and vision.

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Police Department welcomes new chief
Gary Gailliard was sworn in as chief of the Health Science Center Police Department on Monday, April 23. He brings 30 years of law enforcement experience — 24 of which were spent in a university environment.  And, he’s no stranger to a growing campus…he spent the last five years as assistant chief at UNT Denton and established the police department at UNT’s Dallas Campus.

His said his first priority as chief is to see that the department meets the national standards to receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The department is currently reviewing its policies for the self-assessment phase of the accreditation process.

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Graduates

Health Science Center readies for 34th commencement
More than 300 students will graduate, including 126 new doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO), at this year’s commencement ceremonies. The ceremonies will take place May 19 at 2 pm at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena.

This year’s commencement speakers include Maulik S. Joshi, DrPH, senior advisor at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville Md., and Ana Luz Chiapa-Scifres, who will receive her Master of Public Health degree.

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Zeida Rojas

School of Public Health student wins Hispanic Business Winner’s Circle Scholarship
Zeida Rojas, a Doctor of Public Health student at UNT Health Science Center, was presented a Hispanic Business Winner’s Circle Scholarship at the magazine’s annual Woman of the Year Awards on April 26 in Las Vegas.

Rojas, who fled the civil war in El Salvador with her family as an 8-year-old, received her Master of Public Health degree from UNTHSC and currently works as a community benefit analyst for Texas Health Resources. She is also partnering with the Texas Public Health Institute to develop a statewide community benefit strategy. UNT HSC Logo

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Alzheimer's Research
The Health Science Center is recruiting 125 people with Alzheimer’s disease to participate in state-funded research by the Texas Alzheimer’s Research Consortium. The study will explore how genetics and inflammatory changes in the blood affect the onset of Alzheimer’s. If you are interested in participating in this study contact Jessica Alexander at 817-735-0275 or Barbara Harty at 817-735-2193. Participants will give a sample of DNA or blood, provide their medical history, and may participate in memory testing. The consortium, which includes Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center, is the first statewide project of this type in which UNTHSC has participated. More than 200,000 Texans and their families are coping with Alzheimer’s disease today. That number is projected to more than double to about 500,000 cases by 2025. UNT HSC Logo

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Second Patient Satisfaction Survey will be conducted in May
The month of May signifies the beginning of the second Patient Satisfaction Survey for our UNT Health clinics. Conducted twice annually, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) report is a site-specific survey that analyzes a patient’s perceptions of a clinic’s operations and quality of care. Patients are surveyed after their appointments in areas including ease of getting an appointment, length of wait times and communication by physicians and staff. Clinics can compare their scores to other AMGA members’ scores on a national or regional level, or by specialty norms and best practices. The first implementation of the AMGA survey was conducted last November. On that survey, more than 90 percent of UNT Health clinics received a “Good” to “Excellent” rating. Eagle Ranch Family Medicine Clinic received the highest overall ratings on the first survey.

In the photo, Erin Dickerson, RN, JD, director of healthcare risk management for UNT Health (right), presents an award of recognition to Eagle Ranch Family Practice Clinic physicians Yung Chen, DO, and Jill Gramer, DO, for their clinic team’s top scores in patient satisfaction in November. UNT HSC Logo

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“Through the remainder of the month our clinics are asking patients to participate in our patient satisfaction survey. We’re really looking for these twice-a-year opportunities to give us direction for how we develop UNT Health’s services. When you see one of the big blue and white boxes, you’ll know we’re looking for our patients’ opinion on how we can improve our clinics.”

Al Neyland
Pediatrics and Allergy & Immunology



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