November 20, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 38

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Coronado named VISN 17 interim director

Jose R. Coronado, the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS) director, was named interim network director for the Veterans Integrated Network (VISN) 17, based in Grand Prairie. As interim director, Coronado has strategic planning and budgetary responsibility over all Department of Veterans Administration (VA) facilities in the network.

VISN 17 includes the VA North Texas Health Care System (Dallas and Bonham), the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (Temple, Waco and Marlin) and the STVHCS (San Antonio, Kerrville, Corpus Christi, Laredo, McAllen and Victoria). The VISN allocates resources among the medical centers and clinics, contracts for services with the private sector and expands sharing agreements with the U.S. Department of Defense to ensure high-quality care, easier access to services and improved case management.

Coronado, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, received the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious and Distinguished Executives from President Clinton in 1999, from President Bush in 1989 and from President Reagan in 1987. The awards recognized his outstanding contributions to health care management.

JCAHO to visit University Health System

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) will visit the University Health System Dec. 11-15. The visit is intended to ensure that the standard of care is met and services are integrated at every turn of a patientís contact with the UHS. Staff participation is critical to a successful survey. JCAHO surveyors will observe and interact with staff, patients, volunteers and visitors.

University Clinic has relocated

Patients no longer need to go to University Hospital for clinic appointments, except to visit the University Eye Clinic. The University Clinic recently relocated to the University Physicians Group Diagnostic Pavilion, located across the street at 4647 Medical Drive, and has been open to patients since Oct. 30. This handy list of floor assignments will enable staff members to help patients find the proper offices.

  • The first floor includes the reception desk, the business office and the internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, neurology, orthopaedics, podiatry, radiology and phlebotomy departments.
  • The second floor includes the administration offices, conference room and surgery departments (plastic, urology, general and neuro).
  • The lower level includes the dermatology, cardiology, medical records, managed care, audiology, outpatient surgery, and ear, nose and throat departments.

Patients should check in at the front desk on the first floor at the main entrance. They will be directed to the appropriate office. For appointments, call 567-2500 and press option one.

Service Awards to be presented Nov. 28

Faculty and staff are invited to the annual "Employee Excellence in Service Awards" ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Health Science Center auditorium.

Employees with 20, 25 and 30 years of service will be recognized. Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, Health Science Center president, will preside.

Allied Health school celebrates silver anniversary

The spirit of a quarter-century of excellence is symbolized in a new painting to be unveiled Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Allied Health/Research Building. The School of Allied Health Sciences commissioned the artwork in celebration of its silver anniversary. An unveiling reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the building lobby.

The painting by artist Sara Eyestone is a reminder of past accomplishments and future expectations.

One of five schools at the Health Science Center, the School of Allied Health Sciences is characterized by its diversity of educational programs. Allied health professionals, who include therapists, technicians, aides, assistants and scientists, make up at least 60 percent of the nationís 10.5 million health care workers.