Five UTHCT employees achieve distinction

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Five employees at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently have attained honors in their respective fields. They are Xiaotuan Zhao, MD, an assistant professor of medicine in the Gastroenterology Department; Janet Beddingfield, a medical assistant in the Occupational Health Clinic; Tracy Drake, RN, nurse manager for UTHSCT’s Specialty Clinics; Donna Walker, RN, nurse educator in Nursing Education and Research; and David Wallace, breakfast chef in the UTHSCT Cafeteria for Morrison Healthcare Food Services.

Dr. Zhao has attained board certification in gastroenterology. Dr. Zhao, who joined UTHSCT in the summer of 2004, is also board certified in internal medicine.
He has a special interest in gastrointestinal disorders, biliary and pancreatic diseases, and the prevention of colon cancer.

Before joining UTHSCT, Dr. Zhao served a fellowship in gastroenterology at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Beddingfield recently completed the National Healthcareer Association requirements to become a certified clinical medical assistant, or CCMA. She also has certifications in advanced medical coding, breath alcohol testing, drug collection testing, and audio testing for hearing conservation. She has five years’ experience in the medical field, two of those as a medical assistant.

Drake has been selected by Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing to attend the People to People Ambassador Program in China in September 2006. She will be one of a select group of professionals specializing in community health nursing who are visiting China. Drake, who is board certified in community health, has been with UTHSCT for 13 years.

The goal of the program is to encourage Chinese nursing professionals and to exchange ideas about public health, community health nursing practices, and education. People to People International is a voluntary effort of private citizens promoting international understanding through direct people-to-people contacts. President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded the program in 1956.

Walker recently received board certification in nursing professional development from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the National Nursing Staff Development Organization. She is one of only 1,310 NPD-certified nurses in the United States.

Requirements for board certification include a bachelor’s degree in nursing, at least two years’ experience as a registered nurse, and completing 4,000 hours of nursing professional development training within the past five years. Walker, who has been with UTHSCT for 12 years, has also served as a clinical research coordinator and an intensive care unit nurse.

Wallace won a prestigious “Be-A-Star People First Award” from Morrison, capturing the prize for the entire seven-state Southwest Region. The award recognizes business excellence in Morrison employees who have “Lived the Vision of People First.” Wallace has worked at UTHSCT since February 2004.

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