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Making Things to Make You Well: A Visit to UTMB’s MakerHealth Space

(Above: UTMB’s Christopher Smith Gonzalez, Andrew Maxwell-Parish and Dr. Sohum Desai chat inside the hospital’s MakerHealth Space. It’s the nation’s first maker space inside a hospital. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)We often hear about “makers” – people who are using tools to make different things – be it traditional power tools or newer technology […]

A Look Inside the MakerHealth Space at UTMB(Above: UTMB's Christopher Smith Gonzalez, Andrew Maxwell-Parish and Dr. Sohum Desai chat inside the hospital's MakerHealth Space. It's the nation's first maker space inside a hospital. Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media)We often hear about "makers" – people who are using tools to make different things – be it traditional power tools or newer technology like 3D printers.

But there are also makers in the healthcare industry – nurses, doctors and other professionals using technology and tools to design things to benefit their patients.

UTMB in Galveston is home to the nation's first such space situated in a hospital. It's called the MakerHealth Space, and Michael Hagerty takes us on a tour with Andrew Maxwell-Parish, who runs the lab, and Dr. Sohum Desai, who’s a neurosurgery resident who regular uses the facility.

MORE: Creativity and Innovation in Health Care: Opening a Hospital Makerspace (ScienceDirect, February 2017)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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