Author: East Texas Review

Martin Luther King: Timeless Gospel

“When King marched, he had white people, all people,” he said. “It is not about color. It is about doing the right thing.” – Dana Hawkins As we approach the golden anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s martyring his words of loving wisdom have lost none of their relevance and timeless value despite this being a much-changed society. Like the Holy Scriptures, his teachings will never become obsolete. At a recent MLK breakfast a multi-ethnic array of East Texans spoke of their experiences growing up in this beautiful region, and how King’s influence has enriched and improved their lives....

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State Supreme Court Comes To Longview

The Texas Supreme Court has settled on February 15 as the date to hear opening arguments in two cases as the justices take the bench at Letourneau University (LETU.) In the first case the court will consider an inheritance rights case appealed from the Seventh District of Texas Court at Amarillo. The parties are Virginia O. Kinsel versus Jane O. Lindsey, Keith Branyon and Jackson Walker LLP from Tarrant County. The issues to be settled here are whether or not Texas law recognizes tortious interference with inheritance rights, if there is adequate evidence to justify the lower court’s fraud verdict and damages award, if damages can be awarded on the strength of that jury’s undue-influence finding, and is their enough evidence for this jury’s finding that a woman was not mentally competent to amend her trust. “The Kinzel case is important because the Texas Supreme Court’s decision will likely determine whether Texas legally recognizes a cause of action for tortious interference with inheritance rights, a claim that enables people to protect their beneficial interests in estates and trusts,” said Scott Stevens, a lawyer with the local law firm Stevens-Henry, PLLC.”This cause of action is currently recognized by a majority of the states in this country.” The second case concerns a medical malpractice and government immunity appeal out of Houston’s First Court of Appeals. The parties are Lee Anne Goriski...

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New Facility Mends Minds

Visitors walk into a well-lit, spacious and inviting environment that seems to project care and healing through its inspirational writings and beautiful hand-painted murals by staff members. These are the loving imprint of Longview’s newly opened Magnolia Behavioral Hospital of East Texas. Longview Chamber of Commerce representatives, elected officials, employees, their families and numerous and sundry well-wishers recently came together to commemorate the hospital’s grand opening. Magnolia treats patients aged 18 and older for various psychiatric and dual diagnosis conditions. Licensed for 76 psychiatric beds, the facility strives to stabilizing its patients and quickly returning them to their normal...

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GSMC welcomes interns

Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC) held a “Welcome Breakfast and White Coat Reception” for the 2016 graduating class of Internal Medicine Residents. The event featured orations from hospital officials and a representative from UT Health-Northeast; introduction of the new class of interns, the presentation of White Coats, the 2012-2013 Avicenna Award presentation, 2012-2013 Intern of the Year award and introduction of the new resident class. This year’s class is comprised of the following American medical school graduates, U.S. international medical grads, and international medical graduates: Hana Altwai, MD, University of Jordan Madhavi Annakula, MD, Ghandi Medical College Leon Chen, DO, UNTHSC-Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine Maria Chiejina, MD, Igbinedion University Suyao Huang, MD, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University Ruth Jackson, MD, UT-San Antonio Jeffrey Kemp, MD, UT-Houston Zahi Merjaneh, MD, University of Aleppo Nithin Nayini, MD, St. George’s University Curtis Okpara, MD, Ross University Yetsy Olusanya, MD, Texas A&M Health Science Center Justin Oring, DO, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Nadia Siddiqi, DO, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine Mohammed Suhail, DO, UNTHSC-TX College of Osteopathic Medicine Carmen Tran, MD, Ross University Jessica Vazquez, MD, UT-San Antonio Kyle Willingham, MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Sudha Yanamandra, MD, Guntur Medical College GSMC Executive Vice President and Interim Chief Executive Officer Ken Cunningham presented this graduating class as proof of the Internal Medicine Residents program’s...

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LRMC grabs new awards

Longview Regional Medical Center (LRMC) has furthered its reputation for excellence by earning the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Evidence-based guidelines pointed to LRMC as a facility whose care for cardiac and stroke patients scored 85 (or higher) for two or more six-month intervals while making a 75 or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which count as reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. Included in these measures are aggressive uses of such medications as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis,...

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