Medical Staff to Expand in August

Jun 20, 2014 /

Topic: In the Press

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Uvalde Family Practice Association and Uvalde Memorial Hospital are pleased to announce Chérie L. Hauptmeier, D.O. will be joining the practice and medical staff team in August 2014. Dr. Hauptmeier will enter Uvalde Family Practice Association with R. Steve Garza, M.D. and Richard B. Lutton, M.D. where she will practice family medicine and obstetrics. She will join L.P. Wegrzyn, M.D. who will be entering the practice in August as well. In addition, she will begin her time as a medical staff member with Erika B. Garcia, M.D. who will join Garner Field Family Medicine Practice in August alongside David C. White, M.D. and Kevin L. Uptergrove, M.D.

“I absolutely love the scope of family medicine, especially obstetrics, and am so excited to start serving the community of Uvalde,” stated Dr. Hauptmeier.

Born and raised primarily in South Dakota, Hauptmeier, D.O. graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and went on to receive her medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa.

Although her family remains in South Dakota, Hauptmeier, D.O. brings with her a cat, named Zuzu, and the support of her family as she moves to Uvalde.

“My family has been my biggest support and I wouldn't be who I am if I hadn't had such a loving, supportive, incredible family to love me unconditionally through these long years of studying and training,” stated Hauptmeier, D.O. 

Dr. Hauptmeier made her way to Texas to complete her medical residency at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Family Medicine in San Antonio. During her time at CHRISTUS she received honors of Chief Resident from 2013- 2014 and Physician of the Day at the Capitol in Austin in March of 2013. As a medical resident Hauptmeier has also taken part in a medical mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico and been involved in an obesity prevention group, diabetes education, and sports physicals.

"We feel fortunate to have found these two very special physicians to join our Uvalde medical community,” stated Dr. Rick Lutton regarding Hauptmeier and Wegrzyn. “They uphold our values and their enthusiasm is very exciting for our office.  We look forward to a long-lasting relationship," Lutton added.

Dr. Hauptmeier has an array of research experience including studies involving nutritional and diabetic education, the growth of Leukemic cell lines, and more.

“Dr. Cherie Hauptmeier has received excellent training, and will provide the best possible care to our patients.  Uvalde and the surrounding communities will soon learn what a wonderful person she is. It is with great pleasure that Dr. Lutton and I welcome her to our medical practice,” stated Dr. Steve Garza.

Dr. Hauptmeier’s impression of Uvalde has been nothing but positive and she is looking forward to the move. “I love it!  The people here are so kind and welcoming.  The town itself has historical character, which I really enjoy and appreciate. Uvalde actually reminds me very much of a small town I lived in for a few years as a child.  Some of my richest memories are from living in a similar smaller community and I want the same for my family someday. I'm really looking forward to getting involved and meeting more people here,” Dr. Hauptmeier stated. “I'm looking forward to getting out of the city and into a quality place to live and grow,” she added.
Dr. Hauptmeier will begin seeing patients August 4 and is currently accepting applications for new patients. New patient applications can be submitted to Uvalde Family Practice Association located at 1800 Garner Field Road. For additional information on becoming a patient please contact the Uvalde Family Practice Association office at 830-278-4453.

New Physician to Join Medical Staff

Jun 20, 2014 /

Topic: In the Press

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Uvalde Family Practice Association and Uvalde Memorial Hospital are pleased to announce Lawrence P. (L.P.) Wegrzyn, M.D. will be joining the medical staff team in August 2014. Dr. Wegrzyn will enter Uvalde Family Practice Association with R. Steve Garza, M.D. and Richard B. Lutton, M.D. where he will practice family medicine and obstetrics. Dr. Wegrzyn will join Chérie L. Hauptmeier, D.O. who will be entering the same practice in August, as well and Erika B. Garcia, M.D. who will be joining Garner Field Family Medicine Practice in August.

"We are very excited to bring these two young doctors to Uvalde to join Dr. Garza and I,” stated Lutton, M.D.  “We've fully renovated the office and are ready to welcome more young families to our practice."

“I love the city, the clinic, and hospital and am looking forward to getting established in time for dove and deer seasons,” stated Wegrzyn, M.D. regarding his move to Uvalde.

Born in Denver and raised in Broomfield, Colorado, Dr. Wegrzyn graduated from the University Of Colorado Denver School Of Medicine after completing his undergraduate degree at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

With expertise in family medicine, from newborn to geriatric care, and women’s health and obstetrics, Wegrzyn completed his medical residency at CHRISTUS Spohn in Corpus Christi, Texas where he currently resides. Wegrzyn and his wife Alexandra Tarski Wegrzyn, formerly of Uvalde, and their two daughters, Olivia, age 4, and Charlotte, age 18 months, will all move to Uvalde.

“My wife was raised in Uvalde and I spent time with the practice during medical school. Doctors Lutton and Garza both trained at my residency program and we stayed in touch throughout my residency.  I was excited at the chance to join the practice when I realized that such a great opportunity was available in Uvalde for me and my family,” stated Wegrzyn, M.D.

“Dr. Lutton and I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Dr. Wegrzyn for more than three years.  He completed a medical student externship in Family Medicine with us, and let it be known that he was interested in returning to join our practice after graduation from medical school and completing his residency.  We are so pleased to welcome him and his family back to Uvalde,” stated Garza, M.D.

Dr. Wegrzyn will begin seeing patients August 4 and is currently accepting applications for new patients. New patient applications can be submitted to Uvalde Family Practice Association located at 1800 Garner Field Road. For additional information on becoming a patient please contact the Uvalde Family Practice Association office at 830-278-4453.

Group of Teens Now Certified Babysitters

Jun 20, 2014 /

Topic: In the Press

After completing the Babysitter’s Training Course on June 9 at Uvalde Memorial Hospital, 17 area teens are newly certified by the American Red Cross for babysitting. Taught by Pauline Garcia, clinical and community educator at Uvalde Memorial Hospital, the fun and fast-paced class included hands-on activities, videos, role-plays, take-home training materials, and interactive discussion.

The course is used to train and certify over 120,000 babysitters nationwide each year and teaches young people ages 11-15 how to supervise children and infants and perform basic child-care skills such as diapering, feeding, and dressing. The course also teaches how to identify safety hazards and prevent injuries, care for common injuries and emergencies, and how to find and interview for babysitting jobs.

“Babysitter’s Training uses hands-on activities, exciting video, and role-plays to help the participants learn how to be responsible babysitters,” said Pauline Garcia, certified course instructor.

Participants received the Babysitter’s Training Handbook containing information to use in class and on the job; an Emergency Reference Guide providing step-by-step instructions to handle common emergencies; a CD-ROM including tools such as a printable activity booklet with games, songs and recipes, a resume template, and more.

Participants included Sara A. Balderas, Shelby Colvin, Kayla K. Curtis, Paris Davis, Olivia Evans, Sky Galvan, Thomas B. Garcia, Anna Hiebert, Brooke Kolacek, Hope Lopez, Lysset Medina, Ariana Perez, Tressa Reading, Bryanna Rodriguez, Reba Rodriguez, Jackson Taylor, and Ruben Zamora.

The next Babysitter’s Training course offered by the hospital will be held Wednesday, August 13 beginning at 8:30am in the Education Conference Room. There is a $30 fee per student. Space is limited so please register early to reserve a seat. Attendees should pack a lunch for the all-day class. To learn more or register, contact course instructor Pauline Garcia at 830-278-6251 extension 1516.

HHS Partnership

Jun 17, 2014 /

Topic: In the Press

Uvalde Memorial Hospital has announced their decision to partner with Hospital Houskeeping Systems (HHS) and Culinary Nutrition Solutions (CNS), a division of HHS, to enhance the hospital’s current nutritional and environmental services departments with custom programs. The decision was made following board approval on April 22.
Based out of Austin, HHS has been providing support services in the health care industry for more than 39 years, offering customizable, packaged, or individual solutions to improve hospital operations for efficiency, cost, and a more positive patient experience. Their hospitality programs have a proven track record of directly impacting customer satisfaction scores: the average HHS partner improved their Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores by 7 percent in year one and 14.2 percent over four years. A leader in the industry, the company has extensive experience and has grown to provide environmental services for more than 275 healthcare communities nationwide. The HHS culinary and nutrition team was named a 2013 Top 50 Contract Management Company by Food Services Magazine.
In 2010, HHS expanded to include CNS, a division which provides locally-sourced and organic, high-quality food service options to hospital patients across the nation and was named a "company to watch" by Food Service Magazine. They serve dozens of hospitals across the nation that range in size and scope from rural critical access hospitals to urban, 500+ bed medical centers.
“We are pleased to be a part of this exciting transition,” said Ted Peters, Vice President of Operations at CNS. “On behalf of HHS, we look forward to a successful, long-term partnership.”
Head Chef and director Jason Leslie is joining Uvalde after serving as director at Baton Rouge General Hospital. Prior experience includes his role as the Banquet Chef at the Ritz Carlton in Boston, and Food Service Director at Southern Oaks Athletic Club, where he managed all food service operations and redesigned the menu and retail offerings to include a weekly wellness feature that improved patient satisfaction. Leslie is the recipient of a National Defense Service Medal and Air Force Training Ribbon and served as a Tactical Aircraft Maintainer for the United States Air Force in Texas. He enjoys hunting, fishing, playing tennis, and spending time with his family.
Over a six month time span the hospital’s environmental and nutritional services will undergo changes. A remodel of the kitchen will enable nutritional staff to work more effectively and efficiently. Food options will be expanded for patients and visitors to the Green Tree Café. Each patient within the hospital will be represented by a food ambassador from the nutritional department who serves as an advocate for the patient’s daily dietary needs. 
The decision to partner with the specialty company was driven by the heightened focus on quality of patient care and HCAHPS scores initiated by the Affordable Care Act. The transition was also based on the desire to provide the highest cleanliness and infection control practices possible for environmental and nutritional services within the hospital. 
HHS manages programs for healthcare facilities focused on one thing:  total customer satisfaction.  HHS’s intention is to focus efforts on improving outcomes and provide enhanced training and guidance by the highly skilled HHS management staff. Hospital staff within the environmental and nutritional departments will remain employed by Uvalde Memorial Hospital while management staff will be employed through Hospital Housekeeping Systems.

New Patient Portal

Jun 17, 2014 /

Topic: In the Press

Uvalde Memorial Hospital is pleased to unveil their new uHealth portal which will be available to all patients in June of 2014. This interactive web portal will empower patients and their families to take a more active role in their care by providing easy, secure access to their health information and online communication with hospital staff. 

uHealth gives patients instant access to their health information, including laboratory and radiology reports, medications, allergies, demographic information, visit history, and more. In addition to handling their own care, parents and health care proxies with authorized consent will appreciate the ability to access the records of those individuals for whom they manage care. 

uHealth allows patients to view their appointments online. A central appointment page displays their list of scheduled and pending appointments. Here, the patient can review appointment details. uHealth also saves patients time by allowing them to pre-register for appointments online and submit updates to their demographic and contact information prior to their visits.

Anyone interested in enrolling in uHealth should contact Uvalde Memorial Hospital at 830-278-6251 extension 1164 or visit Uvalde Memorial Hospital encourages all patients to enroll in uHealth, as it presents a valuable opportunity for patients and their families to actively participate in their care, which contributes to better health.

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UMH Releases 2013 Community Highlights

Jan 6, 2014 /

Topic: Community Relations

At Uvalde Memorial Hospital our mission is to promote the healing of those we serve by providing compassionate, high-quality healthcare. We’re delighted to share some of the many ways we fulfilled that mission in 2013.
2013 Community Highlights