Winter Stories

Michael Geelhoed, DPT, OCS, MTC, assistant professor and director of clinical education in the Department of Physical Therapy, stands in the snow on campus.

‘We all know each other and look out for each other’

February 26, 2021

Michael Geelhoed, DPT, OCS, MTC, assistant professor and director of clinical education in the Department of Physical Therapy, found ways to help neighbors, his students and the community despite not having power at his home for several days. He shoveled the driveways of two of his neighbors after both snowfalls last week. “We all know […]



UT Health San Antonio on a snowy night.

Hitting payroll deadlines while bunking at the office

February 26, 2021

Getting the monthly, hourly and overtime payroll out the door during the winter storm took hard work from his team and a few nights bunking at the office for Director of Payroll Services Richard Gallardo. “We normally would run payroll after 5 p.m. because the departments have until 5 p.m. to submit time for hourly […]



a patient receives dialysis

Nephrology team ensured hundreds of patients received life-saving dialysis

February 26, 2021

Some patients can wait for their treatment to be rescheduled if powerful storms or other extenuating circumstances intervene. This is not the case for dialysis patients. “Dialysis patients are quite unique and many cannot wait, even for a few days,” said Kumar Sharma, MD, chief of nephrology at UT Health San Antonio. “They have to […]



Christine Moore, DO, a second-year hematology/oncology fellow, donates blood after working a four-day shift during the winter storm.

Doctor slept at hospital for five nights—and donated blood on her way home

February 26, 2021

After icy roads compelled her to spend four nights in between her shifts at University Hospital sleeping on a couch in a hospital work room, Christine Moore, DO, decided to stay one more night. Her reason? Doing so would make donating blood the next morning even easier. Dr. Moore, a second-year hematology/oncology fellow, was scheduled […]



Iris Treviño Facundo and Evie Garcia-Rodriguez stand in the snow.

Longtime friends weather the winter storm together

February 26, 2021

For two UT Health San Antonio staff members who have been friends since they were 3, the 2021 winter storm in San Antonio is just one of many memories they’ll always share. When Evie Garcia-Rodriguez, a senior research coordinator in the Department of Urology, lost power at her home on the night of Monday, Feb. […]




Facilities Management works around the clock during the storm to keep university operations going

February 26, 2021

Even with power and water outages at their own homes and an icy, snowy commute to campus, the Facilities Management team worked tirelessly during the winter storm to keep university operations going. Having dedicated staff willing to come to work was key to Facilities Management’s ability to quickly respond to weather-related events and maintain university […]