Director of health care quality, two dietitians join UTHSCT

Monday, August 3, 2009

Brenda Lee recently joined The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler as the new director of health care quality.

In addition, Jill Coble has been hired as the new inpatient dietitian, and Erin Langewisch has been employed as the new outpatient dietitian.

Lee comes to UTHSCT from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, where she was director of accreditation.

In that position, she conducted mock surveys and helped UTMB prepare for periodic inspections by The Joint Commission, which accredits U.S. hospitals.

She also has served as director of quality resources at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo.; vice president of compliance and performance improvement at Community Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.; and regional director of performance improvement/accreditation at VHA Mountain States, a membership organization which works with medical professionals to improve the quality and control the costs of health care.

Lee has a master’s of science in nursing administration from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

She has a bachelor’s of science in nursing from what was then Corpus Christi State University and now is the Corpus Christi campus of Texas A&M.

Coble comes to UTHSCT after serving as an intern in nutrition therapy and food service for Reid Hospital and Health Care Services in Richmond, Ind.

Coble, who is a registered and licensed dietitian, graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos with a bachelor’s of science in nutrition and foods.

Before joining UTHSCT, Langewisch worked as a certified diabetes educator with Innovex-Quintiles in Jacksonville, Ark.

She provided physicians, nurses, and patients with training, clinical services, and education about diabetes drugs.

Langewisch, who is a registered and licensed dietitian, was a diabetes educator and clinical dietitian with Service Professionals, Inc., at Rebsamen Medical Center in Jacksonville, Ark., for several years.

She also has been an outpatient dietitian for the Medical Center of Plano in Plano, Texas.

Langewisch has a bachelor’s of science in dietetics from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatments, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. With an operating budget of more than $125 million and biomedical research funding that exceeds $10 million annually, UTHSCT has a major economic impact on East Texas. Its two medical residency programs – in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities in East Texas and beyond.

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