October 17, 2008
  News Briefs

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New North Texas Health & Science magazine is here
The latest issue of North Texas Health & Science is here. The Fall 2008 issue, focused on what it takes to be a DO, is available throughout campus in new magazine racks. Pick up a copy from the new black racks at these locations:

  • EAD, second floor by the south elevators
  • RES, first floor by the elevators
  • PCC, first floor lobby
  • CBH, first floor lobby
  • Lewis Library, second floor lobby near Java Lab
  • May Street offices

Construction updates: Building A excavation starts soon
The Health Science Center Master Plan continues to take shape.  Austin Commercial, the general contractor for Building A, is scheduled to arrive at the former Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas site by the end of October. They will begin excavating the site soon.  Get a birds-eye view of the progress any time with the EAD webcam and PCC webcam.

Lab space and offices on the fourth floor of the Center for BioHealth (CBH) are scheduled to be completed before Thanksgiving. Construction planning for the sixth floor of the CBH continues.

Employees and students: Complete Mandatory HIPAA Training by Oct. 30
All faculty, staff and students must complete the 2009 online HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) training by Oct. 30, 2008. Go to the online HIPAA training to complete the training module. If you don’t or someone in your department doesn’t have access to a computer, please contact Human Resource Services or the Compliance Office. For more information, please contact Jaya Mehta (ext. 2571) or Ruby Gentry (ext. 2730) in the Institutional Compliance Office (EAD 416).

New USPS rules may affect your department
To cut down on the amount of mail that requires forwarding and return, the U.S. Postal Service is changing some policies that may affect the Health Science Center. Starting Nov. 23, the USPS will require that all mailing addresses be updated at least 95 days prior to the date of mailing. These rules have been in effect for first-class, presort mail for a few years, but now include all standard mail (letters, flats and parcels).

The Office of Marketing and Communications will hold a seminar to discuss these changes and the challenges they might pose for the UNT Health Science Center.  Watch Daily News for more details.

TCOM alums join UNT Health
Melanie C. Barron
, DO, TCOM ’00, and Beth Ann Valashinas, DO, TCOM ’02, both rheumatologists, recently joined the Department of Internal Medicine.  Drs. Barron and Valashinas, who both served rheumatology fellowships at Plaza Medical Center before joining UNT Health, will see patients at the Patient Care Center.

Lori R. Roth, PA-C, also joined the Department of Internal Medicine recently in the Division of Cardiology.  She is a graduate of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Piscataway, N.J.

Hulen Clinic expands with multi-specialties
UNT Health’s services and facilities at the Hulen Internal Medicine Clinic are expanding into additional space to accommodate more medical specialties. The Hulen Clinic is located at 4925 South Hulen St.

Patients from the Bluebonnet Pediatric Clinic, which stopped seeing patients at that location at the first of October due to concerns about the building facility and environment, will move into the expanded facilities later this year. Currently, Drs. Sarah Matches, Toyya Goodrich and their physician assistants are seeing patients in offices on the first floor of the PCC. When the Hulen Clinic expansion is complete physicians will care for internal medicine, pediatric and family practice patients.

Breathing guru to lead wellness symposium
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living Foundation, will present “Psychosomatic Wellness: An Antidote for Stress,” a symposium for health professionals and the community from 1 to 3 pm on Oct. 29 at the Will Rogers Auditorium. Shankar, along with guest speakers including James Caffrey, PhD, professor of integrative physiology, will discuss psychoneuroimmunology, research data on the health benefits of rhythmic breathing and breathing techniques. This symposium is sponsored by the student Art of Living Club. AMA PRA Category 2 credit is available.UNTHSC logo


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