UTHCT staff mark achievements in their fields

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Four staff members of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently marked notable achievements in their respective fields.

Sandra Fly, RN, director of Quality Services at UTHSCT, has been accepted into the 2007 NAPH Medical Leadership Program: Quality and Patient Safety in Safety Net Hospitals and Health Systems, sponsored by the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems.

This organization represents more than 100 of the most important safety net hospitals and health systems in the United States.

The program is designed to develop and enhance participants’ leadership capabilities so they can improve the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care.

Only 30 people from public hospitals around the country were admitted to the 2007 program. Fly, who is a certified professional in health care quality, came to UTHSCT in October 2004.

Billie Huff, RN, a family nurse practitioner in UTHSCT’s Center for Healthy Aging, received her Ph.D. in gerontology on May 11 from The University of North Texas in Denton.

In addition, Dr. Huff has a master’s degree in nursing-family nurse practitioner from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY.

Dr. Huff has served as a professor in the associate degree nursing program at Panola College in Carthage. She joined the Health Center in 2005.

Carletha Runnels, a procurement officer in UTHSCT’s Purchasing Department, recently passed the exam to become a certified Texas purchaser.

This certification authorizes her to purchase up to $100,000 for the state of Texas. To earn this certification, she had to have at least one year of purchasing experience, complete the Texas Basic and Advanced Public Purchasing Classes, and pass the CTP exam.

Runnels has an associate degree in business administration from Tyler Junior College. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Society, International Scholastic Order, of TJC and graduated with honors.

Runnels is currently working toward her bachelor’s in business administration at The University of Texas at Tyler. She joined UTHSCT in March 2006.

Bill Snow, director of housekeeping and laundry at UTHSCT, was one of 17 account directors to receive The President’s Council 2006 Award from Crothall Services Group.

Crothall contracts with UTHSCT to provide housekeeping, laundry, and physical plant services.

To receive this award, Snow had to meet stringent performance criteria, which included meeting his budget, achieving audit compliance, and having 100 percent customer retention.

Snow has worked for Crothall at UTHSCT since 1996.

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