Galveston Island is recognized worldwide for its health care and medical research advances. Island residents have the peace of mind of knowing that the most advanced health care technologies and the best-trained medical staffs are easily accessible.
The University of Texas Medical Branch
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) is a major academic health center dedicated to improving the lives of others through health sciences education, clinical care and biomedical research. Opened in 1891, UTMB combines a rich history of service with a forward-thinking spirit to define the future of health care nationally and internationally. Its membership in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) formalizes the health care and biomedical research partnerships UTMB has forged with other TMC member institutions in the Galveston/Houston region.
UTMBs Health System provides comprehensive care through a growing network of campus- and community-based clinics, in its Galveston-based inpatient care complex and Level I trauma center, and in collaboration with clinical partners in mainland Galveston County and beyond. Areas of clinical excellence at UTMB include the Texas Transplant Center, burn care, womens health, stroke care, cardiovascular services, geriatrics, metabolic disorders (including treatment for obesity and diabetes), and cancer.
With recent expansions, UTMB now has 80 clinics at more than 40 sites on Galveston Island and the mainland. Island clinics are moving back to the renovated Primary Care Pavilion, and the first phase of the John Sealy Hospital modernization, which includes a remodeled Comprehensive Maternity Center, Childrens Hospital and burn unit, is almost complete. New clinics in the rapidly growing League City area include the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, the Multispecialty Center & Stark Diabetes Clinic and the Pediatric Specialty Care Clinic at Bay Colony. (www.utmbhealth.com)
Construction has begun on the new $438 million Jennie Sealy Hospital, which will provide a real-world classroom for students, expand UTMBs inpatient capacity and provide an optimal healing environment for patients and their families when it opens in 2016.
Medical research at UTMB delves into a broad range of promising topics that often have immediate application to patient care. Areas of research strength include infectious diseases; biodefense and vaccine development; cancer; aging; diabetes; neuroscience and neurological recovery; environ- mental health and asthma; and mo- lecular medicine, structural biology and proteomics. UTMB also is home to the Galveston National Laboratory, the first national lab of any kind in Texas and one of only two national bio- containment labs for the safe study of infectious threats to human health. (www.utmb.edu)
Mainland Medical Center
Since 1952, Mainland Medical Center (MMC) has been saving lives and improving quality of life. Each year, over 62,000 outpatient procedures are performed and more than 8,000 persons are admitted to MMC from the greater Galveston County region.
In order to give patients the best care, MMC is committed to providing state-of-the-art facilities and techniques. The operating rooms, emergency department and diagnostic imaging department are all on the leading edge of technology. As such, physicians and staff are able to stay abreast of the latest developments in their specialties. The physicians on staff are highly skilled professionals who have knowledge in all areas of medical care. In fact, 78 percent of the medical staff is board-certified and offers expertise in primary care, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, women’s health, psychology, surgery, radiology, pathology, oncology, plastic surgery, urology and pediatrics.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, an accrediting agency for hospitals whose mission is to improve the quality of health care provided to the public, accredits Mainland Medical Center with commendation. Only one percent of hospitals nationwide receive this commendation, which is the highest level of accreditation awarded.
Mainland Medical Center is located on the corner of Emmett F. Lowery Expressway and Highway 3 in Texas City, easily accessible from all areas of Galveston County.