Keep Tyler Beautiful presents ‘Beauty and Business Award’ to UT Health Northeast

Monday, March 25, 2013


Above, Keep Tyler Beautiful board members stand with UT Health Northeast President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun shortly after presenting him with a "Beauty and Business Award" for the health care facility. Shown are (left to right) board members Gary Jacobs, Geralyn Sloan, Lori Booher, and Chair Phyllis Carlyle; Dr. Calhoun of UT Health Northeast with the framed award; and board members Nita Meads and Anwar Khalifa.

Phyllis Carlyle, chair of the Keep Tyler Beautiful Board, presented the “Beauty and Business Award” for the first quarter of 2013 to UT Health Northeast during a brief ceremony held Monday, March 25, 2013, in the facility’s new main lobby.

Keep Tyler Beautiful’s mission is to encourage the ongoing beautification of Tyler. Board members select businesses that show pride in their community and who strive to be good neighbors.

Ms. Carlyle presented UT Health Northeast President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun with a framed certificate and yard sign naming UT Health Northeast as this quarter’s award winner.

"We are honored to receive this award from Keep Tyler Beautiful because it recognizes our efforts to preserve and maintain the scenic beauty that surrounds us," Dr. Calhoun said.

"At UT Health Northeast, our focus is on caring for the whole person. Studies show that patients with a view of nature tend to recover faster. Patients and visitors to our campus often comment on its beauty and how peaceful it is,” he added.

Before presenting the award, Ms. Carlyle quoted UT Health Northeast’s mission: to serve East Texas and beyond through excellent patient care and community health, comprehensive education, and innovative research.

Citing the experiences of her friends and family members who have received excellent care here, she said UT Health Northeast is living out its mission.

Dr. Calhoun said UT Health Northeast delivers exceptional care because of its beautiful natural setting, its investment in cutting-edge medical technology, and its knowledgeable and dedicated employees.

Besides Ms. Carlyle, members of the Keep Tyler Beautiful Board attending the event were Lori Booher (a UT Health Northeast employee), Gary Jacobs, Anwar Khalifa, Nita Meads, and Geralyn Sloan. Representing the city of Tyler was Russ Jackson, manager of solid waste and vehicle services.

About 50 employees of UT Health Northeast also attended the brief ceremony.

Previous recipients of this award include:
  • Whataburger #32 on South Beckham Avenue
  • American State Bank on Reick Road
  • FRESH by Brookshire’s
  • Chuy’s Restaurant and The Fountains at Chimney Rock
  • Hospice of East Texas
For more than 60 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UT Health Northeast’s annual operating budget of $138.8 million represents a major economic impact of over $347 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. UT Health Northeast is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

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