Six new department heads recently named at UT Health Center

Tuesday, November 8, 2005

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler recently promoted four employees to department heads and hired two new people to replace department directors who resigned. The new department directors are: Gary Kempf, administrative director of Patient Care Services; Mike Caruso, interim director for Supply Chain Operations; Carol Henson, director of Patient Access Admissions; Kris King, director of Health Information Management; Melissa Maeker, director of Pharmacy; and Mary Power, director of Case Management.

In his new position, Kempf is responsible for all patient care services in the ambulatory care clinics, as well as the inpatient and emergency room nursing services. Kempf, a registered nurse, has been with UTHSCT for two years and received his bachelor of science in nursing and his RN degrees from the School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He was born in Cheyenne, Wyo., and grew up in Minot, N.D.

As interim director for Supply Chain Operations, Caruso oversees mail services, purchasing, supply distribution, stores, and warehouse/receiving. He has a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in business from Philadelphia College in Philadelphia. Caruso grew up in Philadelphia and has lived in Texas for the past 13 years. He joined the Health Center in June.

In her new position, Henson is responsible for making sure patient admissions run smoothly and that patients are registered appropriately. Henson, a Tyler native, is a licensed social worker and a certified case manager. She has a master of science degree in interdisciplinary studies from The University of Texas at Tyler and a bachelor of science degree in social work from Texas College. She came to UTHSCT three years ago and most recently served as admissions case manager/supervisor.

King, a registered health information administrator and a certified professional in health care quality, is new to the Health Center. She received her master’s in health management from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., and her bachelor’s in medical records administration from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. King most recently served as director of health information management at Central Maine Medical Center; she also has held HIM administrative positions at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Joseph Health Center, and St. Mary’s Hospital in Missouri. She is a native of Lafayette, La.

Maeker received her bachelor’s degree from the College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin, and has been a licensed pharmacist for 10 years, the last three at UTHSCT. She is a Texas native and has lived in Tyler for the past eight years.

Also new to the Health Center is Power. She received a master’s in business administration with a concentration in health care management from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, and a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Houston. Power, a registered nurse, received her nursing education at The Whittington Hospital School of Nursing in London. She is a certified case manager and is also certified in health care quality. Power is a native of Ireland and was educated in England.

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