040214 - Arnes
April 24, 2014

Volume 36 | Number 6

UTMB Breaks Ground for New Hospital

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When open for patients in 2016, the University of Texas Medical Branch’s new Jennie Sealy Hospital, shown in this artist’s rendering, is expected to complement the existing John Sealy Hospital and restore UTMB’s inpatient capacity to pre-Hurricane Ike levels.

 

By Raul Reyes  |  The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston broke ground April 20 for the new Jennie Sealy Hospital.

Expected to be completed in 2015 and operational in 2016, the new hospital is intended to complement the existing John Sealy Hospital, which is currently undergoing extensive modernization, and restore UTMB’s inpatient capacity to pre-Hurricane Ike levels.

The new $438 million facility is being built on the site of the recently demolished Jennie Sealy Building and old Shriner’s building, and will feature 310 patient rooms, including 54 dedicated ICU beds, a 28-bed day surgery unit and 20 operating suites. Elevated walkways will connect the hospital to the university’s Level 1 trauma center and new Clinical Services wing.

David Callender, M.D., president of UTMB, said the groundbreaking symbolizes “a new era at UTMB, a time of renewal, restoration and revitalization.”

“We’ve just re-opened our children’s hospital and dedicated a new maternity center, expanded our clinic services off the island and we’re wrapping up the modernization of the Blocker Burn Unit and the renovation of John Sealy Hospital,” Callender said. “And those are just a few of the exciting projects that are helping to transform UTMB into a world-class academic health center.”

The new hospital is being paid for by $150 million in tuition revenue bonds approved by the state legislature, $18 million in UTMB funds and $270 in private philanthropy, which includes $170 million from the Sealy & Smith Foundation.

At the groundbreaking, UTMB also announced the Moody Foundation of Galveston has committed
$25.5 million to research and help build the new Jennie Sealy Hospital. The funds include a $16.5 million commitment to build and equip the intensive care complex in Jennie Sealy Hospital, and a pledge of $9 million to $18 million to support the university’s research.

Speakers at the event included representatives of The University of Texas System Board of Regents, the Sealy & Smith Foundation, state Reps Craig Eiland and Larry Taylor, Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski and Texas City Mayor Matthew Doyle.

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