Highlights - News and notes from the office of the President

Everett to be honored with Vision Award at annual gala
Carl Everett, DO, co-founder of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, will be honored with the 2010 Vision Award at the Health Science Center's To Your Health Gala.  This year's gala on Oct. 23 celebrates the UNT Health Science Center's 40th anniversary.

Alumnus receives humanitarian award
Gil Scarnati, DO ('90), has earned the first Dean's Award for Humanitarian Service presented by the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine to recognize his outstanding personal and professional achievements. As a primary care physician, Scarnati treated HIV/AIDS patients in Dallas and conducted HIV-related research. He has returned to the Health Science Center to pursue a PhD and recently made provisions to provide a $75,000 scholarship to a deserving physically handicapped TCOM student.

40th anniversary history book
An illustrated history of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Health Science Center will be released in coffee-table format later this year as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. Copies will be sold for $59.95 each. Call Deborah Brashear at (817) 735-5190 or e-mail Deborah.Brashear@unthsc.edu to place an advance order.

Upcoming Events
The 22nd Annual Pelham P. Staples Jr., MD, Educational Symposium
, will be held Oct. 28 - 30 at the Sheraton Arlington Hotel and will explore new trends and controversies in women's health care. For details, visit www.registerwithunt.com.

A new look for the UNT Health Science Center
The UNT Health Science Center is adopting a new logo and new colors. The change is part of a new graphic identity for the entire UNT System that will create a unified look among UNT's campuses. You can see our new logo and color on this newsletter and you'll start to see them a lot more soon.  Next week we'll launch the new graphics on the Health Science Center's website at www.hsc.unt.edu.

UNT Health launches new Physical Therapy clinic
UNT Health, the Health Science Center's faculty physician group, is now seeing patients in its new Physical Therapy (PT) clinic on campus. The clinical services are in addition to the new Physical Therapy doctorate degree academic program at the UNT Health Science Center. The PT faculty practice is open to patients for rehabilitative care following injury and trauma, as well as for general wellness and prevention. The PT clinic features cutting-edge equipment including Tarrant County's first anti-gravity treadmill, which allows for rapid return-to-work therapy following a procedure, or continued cardiovascular workouts without stress and strain to the joints. Visit unthealth.org to learn more.

Ads on WFAA and in 360 West
Two new highly visible broadcast, web and print ads for the Health Science Center debuted this month.  First, in the last installment of a three-segment partnership project with WFAA-TV and the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Health Science Center is featured in broadcast ads on Channel 8, WFAA.com and the Convention & Visitors Bureau website, www.fortworth.com. Second, in the October issue of 360 West magazine, a four-page advertorial spread features the new Medical Education and Training Building. The ads offer the first public glimpse of the new logo and colors.

Patient satisfaction increases for clinics, providers
The most recent patient satisfaction survey for UNT Health clinics and providers shows an increase in almost every aspect of care and convenience. The semi-annual survey, which measures patient satisfaction with convenience of location, ability to get through by phone, technical skill of the provider, personal manner of various staff and explanations of services or procedures, exceeded scores from the previous survey in all categories measured. More than 91 percent of UNT Health patients rated their overall visits "Excellent or Very Good."

UNTHSC researchers release findings on texting while driving
School of Public Health professors Fernando Wilson, PhD, and Jim Stimpson, PhD, recently released a report in the American Journal of Public Health showing that texting while driving resulted in an estimated 16,000 fatalities in the U.S. from 2001 to 2007. The report indicates that a growing percentage of distracted drivers in fatal crashes are males driving alone in collisions with roadside obstructions. Wilson and Stimpson analyzed traffic fatalities across the nation from 1999 to 2008 in what is being noted as one of the first efforts to place a scientific number on the amount of motor vehicle deaths resulting from cell phone use.

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