So much to celebrate during the holidays, including early dismissal

Published: December 18, 2017

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In this holiday season, I am truly grateful to be part of an institution that strives to transform health care and research in Fort Worth and beyond.

To show my appreciation for your commitment to Extraordinary Teamwork, we will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 22. For those who are necessary to our Friday operations, you will be able to use this time at a later date. (Look for more details in Daily News.) Enjoy the early start to the holiday break as a thank you for all of your hard work over the last year.

We have much to celebrate in 2017, as our students, staff and faculty routinely come up with innovative initiatives that reflect our values – and our desire to function as One University.

  • We have found a partner for our on-campus childcare center, part of our effort to become a Best Place For All for our employees and students. There will be more to come on this as we finalize details.
  • We launched our Mobile Vision Screening Program, which already has visited more than 20 schools and screened 1,400 Fort Worth preschoolers for early intervention with vision problems.
  • A group of students from our pharmacy, medical, physical therapy and physician assistant programs established a clinic in Fort Worth to serve homeless patients.
  • We teamed with JPS Health Network, Cook Children’s Medical Center and 20 school districts across Tarrant County to better treat students with asthma.
  • Our College of Pharmacy graduated its first class and received full accreditation, providing Fort Worth with a pipeline of pharmacists who will be key members of the health care teams of the future.
  • We are moving forward to establish closer ties with health systems in North Texas, creating more residency slots and clinical rotation opportunities for our students.
  • Our research portfolio continues to grow. Since the fiscal year began in September, we have received notice of grants for $12.3 million, $10 million, $5.1 million, $3.2 million, $1.8 million and $1.3 million to support research into Alzheimer’s disease, health disparities, kidney disease and ocular diseases.

The coming year holds so much promise for UNTHSC – and many challenges. I never doubt our ability to accomplish the extraordinary and to face our coming tests with resourcefulness and dedication.

Thank you for all you do for UNTHSC, and enjoy the early start to the holiday break. Spend time with your loved ones, and let’s tackle 2018 with energy and purpose. Happy holidays.

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Dr. Michael R. Williams
UNTHSC President