30th Anniversary Celebration: XXX-Out Cancer

Celebrating 30 Years

30 Years of Accomplishments





AHA Get with the Guidelines Awards
UT Health Northeast received public recognition in the July 23, 2007, issue of U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Hospitals for our success with the Get with the Guidelines program. We received commendation for exceeding the standards for treating both symptoms of heart failure and coronary artery disease.

Bioethics Program
The UT Health Northeast Bioethics Program serves as a focal point of bioethics research, and includes research interests such as human subject protection, bioethics pertaining to vulnerable persons, and law and policy related to behavioral sciences and health care.

Center for Asthma, Allergy & Lung Disease
For decades, physicians and patients alike have looked to UT Health Northeast for our experience in the diagnosis and treatment of both common and complex lung diseases including alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, allergy and asthma, bronchiectesis, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, Mycobacterium avium complex, occupational lung disease, pediatric pulmonary disease, pneumonia, sarcoidosis, and sleep disorders.

Center for Biomedical Research
Our nationally competitive Center for Biomedical Research encourages scientists to engage in multi-disciplinary research that combines tools from biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, microbiology, and molecular biology. The Center for Biomedical Research is home to 32 scientists and numerous support staff.

Center for Clinical Research
Our clinical research efforts span more than a decade, and include cooperative projects with numerous pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies and government agencies, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Center for Diabetes Care
The nationally recognized Center for Diabetes Care serves as a regional resource for insulin administration, insulin pump management, hypoglycemia management, and foot care. One-on-one instruction is available from our certified diabetes educators.

Center for Healthy Aging
The Ornelas Center for Healthy Aging is designed to help older adults maximize function and minimize symptoms, assist in “aging in place,” and support caregivers in their difficult task. Trained staff offers access to the latest evidence-based care for the older person who is concerned about issues such as memory loss, function, complicated medical regimens, and coordinating multiple providers.

Center for Pulmonary & Infectious Disease Control
In 1993, the 73rd Texas Legislature established the Center for Pulmonary and Infectious Disease Control (CPIDC) on UT Health Northeast campus. The CPIDC provides education and a toll-free infectious disease consulting service to all Texas physicians and health care agencies throughout the state.

Center for Sleep Disorders
The Center for Sleep Disorders is a clinical and testing facility for people who have problems with sleep, including insomnia, excessive sleepiness, loud snoring, or abnormal behavior during sleep. The Center for Sleep Disorders was the first sleep clinic and laboratory in Tyler and has been in continuous service for more than 20 years. It is the only lab in East Texas with three board-certified sleep specialists, and one of the few labs in East Texas that is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Chamblee Cancer Treatment and Research Center
The Chamblee Cancer Treatment and Research Center offers integrated treatment of cancer and hematology disorders, clinical trials, education, and cancer prevention programs. The center was funded by a donation from the estate of C.G. “Red” and Emmaline Chamblee in memory of their son. The Chamblees also wanted to honor UT Health Northeast employees and volunteers for the exceptional care given to their family.

East Texas Chest Hospital Designation
In 1971, the 62nd Texas Legislature changed the name from the East Texas Tuberculosis Hospital to the East Texas Chest Hospital. The Legislature designated it as the primary referral facility in Texas for patient care, education, and research into diseases of the chest. Thirty-six years later, we have become a national leader in the treatment of many complex lung diseases.

Family Medicine Residency Training Program
The Family Medicine Residency Program began in 1985. It is a three-year program and has graduated 118 family physicians, with more than half of these staying in East Texas.


Heartland National TB Center
The Heartland National TB Center is provides training, technical assistance, and medical consultation for tuberculosis in a 13-state region. In addition to Texas, other states served by the Center are Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota. This initiative is funded by a $7.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Lake Country Area Health Education Center
Lake Country AHEC is a grant funded, nonprofit organization committed to improving the number and distribution of health care professionals and to strengthening and developing community health systems and networks.


Master’s Degree Programs with SFA
UT Health Northeast and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches have combined their medical and scientific faculties with current research and educational facilities to create graduate programs in Biotechnology and Environmental Science. Students who successfully complete these programs receive a Master of Science Degree.

Northeast Texas Consortium
The Northeast Texas Consortium is a group of 15 higher education institutions in the region. The Consortium manages NETnet, a high-speed wireless data network to the colleges, and supports collaborative teaching efforts and combined programs among the schools. NETnet is located on the UT Health Northeast campus.

Nurse Friendly™ Hospital
UT Health Northeast was named a “Nurse-Friendly®” hospital by the Texas Nurses Association in September 2006. To achieve Nurse-Friendly® status, a hospital must demonstrate that it is committed to nurses and values their contributions to the pursuit of safe, quality patient care. Just 49 of the 581 hospitals in Texas have achieved Nurse-Friendly® status.

Occupational Medicine Residency Training Program
The Occupational Medicine Residency Program accepted its first resident in 1996. The two-year program is one of four in Texas. Twenty physicians now have graduated from the program with more than 60 percent of them remaining in Texas.

Public Health Laboratory of East Texas
The Public Health Laboratory of East Texas is a joint effort between UT Health Northeast and the Texas Department of State Health Services. The lab can be used to identify and analyze microbes that cause serious illnesses, such as tuberculosis and meningococcal meningitis. It also can be used to identify potential bioterrorism agents such as anthrax.

Ralph and Mary Prince Heart & Lung Center
The Ralph and Mary Prince Heart & Lung Center is home to pulmonary, infectious disease, allergy, and sleep disorder specialists - many of whom are double- and triple-board certified. It also has a cardiology team who provides the highest quality of cardiovascular diagnostic testing, evaluation, and treatment. The Princes were grateful patients of UT Health Northeast’s pulmonary clinic.

Riter Center for Advanced Medicine
The Riter Center for Advanced Medicine was dedicated June 3, 2005. It is home to many primary care and specialty clinics, and is equipped with a high-tech wireless network that allows cable-free access for UT Health Northeast networked computers designed to improve access to care. It is named for the late A.W. “Dub” Riter, Jr., long-time chairman of the UT Health Northeast Development Board.

Robert B. Irwin Internal Medicine Clinic
The Robert B. Irwin Internal Medicine Clinic is staffed by specialists in internal medicine, as well as a highly skilled team of mid-level providers, nurses, and support staff dedicated to providing quality, cost-effective health care for adults. It was named for Bob Irwin, a longtime UT Health Northeast Development Board member, in honor of the Irwin family.

Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education
The Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education conducts programs of research, prevention, intervention, education, and outreach designed to reduce occupational injuries and diseases among agricultural workers and their families. It serves Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health
The Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health educates health professionals and community groups about environmental health issues and their impact on children’s health. It provides clinical consultations for patients through their personal physicians or public health clinics. The Center also provides telephone consultation services through a toll-free hotline for health professionals, public health officials, and individuals in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.

Texas Asthma Camp for Kids
Texas Asthma Camp for Kids is the oldest and largest camp in Texas for children with asthma. Held at Camp Tyler, it is operated by UT Health Northeast and supported by the Texas Chest Foundation. The annual camp offers children with asthma an opportunity to have fun while learning more about their disease, how it affects them, and how to better manage it.

Texas Cancer Registry of East Texas
Texas Cancer Registry of East Texas, based at UT Health Northeast, is the regional repository of information about new cases of cancer, which hospitals are required to report to the state. It collects data that can be used to identify possible clusters of cancer cases, as well as to highlight areas where cancer survival rates appear to be higher or lower than expected.

Texas Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
The Texas Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (TIOSH®) is UT Health Northeast’s occupational and environmental medicine program. TIOSH® was created to offer a total program to help companies and their employees to achieve a safer and healthier workplace.

Texas Lung Injury Institute
The Texas Lung Injury Institute funds research into pulmonary diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, and asthma. The institute provides life-changing research to improve patient care, find new drugs that will cure diseases, and equip state-of-the-art research labs used by UT Health Northeast scientists.

The University of Texas System Affiliation
UT Health Northeast joined The University of Texas System 30 years ago, on Sept. 1, 1977. UT Health Northeast is one of six medical components in the system, which also includes nine universities. The late State Sen. Peyton McKnight of Tyler authored the bill that joined UT Health Northeast to the UT System.

University Physician Associates
University Physician Associates is a physician practice associated with UT Health Northeast. It operates University Health Clinic in Tyler, as well as satellite clinics in several other East Texas towns.


Watson W. Wise Medical Research Library
The only full-service medical library in East Texas, the Watson W. Wise Medical Research Library on the UT Health Northeast campus provides access to the latest editions of medical journals, medical databases on the Web, and patient-friendly books and Web sites. The library opened in 1984, and is dedicated to the late Watson W. Wise, a local philanthropist.

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