UTHSCT mycobacteria lab reaccredited, employees honored for service, and doctors recognized by diabetes program

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Mycobacteria/Nocardia Laboratory at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has been reaccredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

In addition, seven employees were honored for 20 years or more of service to UTHSCT. And three family medicine physicians were recognized for their efforts to improve the quality of care for their patients with diabetes.

The Mycobacteria/Nocardia Laboratory is supervised by Barbara Brown-Elliott, research assistant professor in microbiology, and directed by Richard Wallace, MD, an infectious disease specialist.

The lab specializes in identifying types of nontuberculous mycobacteria and Nocardia, microorganisms that are often found in the soil and tap water. They can cause diseases similar to tuberculosis, as well as other acute or chronic infections that are difficult to treat.

The lab also tests the microorganisms to see if they are susceptible to specific antibiotics. Individuals with weakened immune systems or who have chronic lung disease often have a higher risk of mycobacterial or Nocardia infections.

A team of CAP inspectors gave the lab a perfect score during the routine inspection, which is conducted every two years. They examined the lab’s records, including staff qualifications, equipment and lab testing procedures, safety, quality issues and overall management.

To be accredited by CAP, a lab must meet the highest standards of excellence in laboratory medicine. The 18,000 members of CAP are board-certified pathologists and pathologists-in-training from around the world. Over 7,500 laboratories are accredited by CAP, and about 22,000 laboratories are enrolled in CAP’s proficiency testing programs.

Seven employees recently were recognized for their service of 20 or more years at UTHSCT. Terreance Morrow, a senior guard with the Police Department, was honored for 30 years with the Health Science Center.

Sheila Brown, RN, a charge nurse on Fifth Floor Nursing, and Rose Crayton, a respiratory technician in Respiratory/Pulmonary Services, were recognized for 25 years with UTHSCT.

Marking 20 years of service were Cassandra Johnigan, Pathology; Christy Long, Patient Access; Larry Riggins, Physician Assistant (PA), Cardiology; and Jeanette Turner, Human Resources.

Family medicine physicians Michele Bosworth, MD; Dustin Gentry, MD; and Ryan Tatum, MD, were recognized by the American Association of Family Practice (AAFP) and the GO! Diabetes program for their efforts to improve the care of their patients with diabetes.

Dr. Bosworth, clinic director of the Family Health Center and an assistant professor of medicine at UTHSCT, and family medicine resident Dr. Gentry were featured in the “GO! Diabetes Fieldbook 2012.

Dr. Gentry and Dr. Tatum also presented their ideas and methods on how to improve the care of patients with diabetes at the AAFP Scientific Assembly in October in Philadelphia.

For more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UTHSCT is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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