About UTMB Health
History and Future
Throughout its 120-year history, UTMB has established itself as a leader in advancing health science education, research and patient care. [Click on an image to enlarge]
As the first academic health center in Texas and among the oldest in the nation, The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB Health) has helped define health care for generations. Throughout its distinguished history, UTMB has provided Texas a diverse and highly skilled health professions work force, advancements in the understanding and treatment of illness and injury, and a leading source of medical care for patients from throughout the state. Today, UTMB remains a home of continued educational, research and clinical excellence, committed to ensuring better health-and a better life-for the people of Texas and beyond, well into the future.
It's a unique time in UTMB's history, which sets this fellowship opportunity apart from all others-a combination of disaster rebuilding from Hurricane Ike, facility expansion and new leadership provide fellows with exposure to meetings and projects that very few organizations can.
On September 13, 2008, Hurricane Ike struck Galveston Island. Damages statewide were estimated at $29.6 billion (2008 USD), and the storm was classified as the third costliest hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States. UTMB alone suffered damages over 1 million square feet, with damages estimated at approximately $1.2 billion; UTMB's FEMA request was the largest recorded claim from a single organization.
In spite of the challenges presented to UTMB by Hurricane Ike, the storm also allowed for many new opportunities, serving as a catalyst for transformation. As UTMB returned services to the mainland, the institution was presented an opportunity to add much needed services, while consolidating locations and streamlining care. Today, many new clinics now exist, including the $150 million UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes in League City, and UTMB plans to expand its scope of services on the mainland in the future, providing many potential business plan and operational activation projects for fellows.
Major facility planning is also occurring on the main campus, including a planning process for a proposed new patient care and surgical tower. Fellows are given the chance to attend meetings with the architects and provide input on the design for this project and others, including additional repair and renovation projects related to Hurricane Ike damages and additional, upcoming capital improvement projects for the health system.
In addition to service expansion, UTMB has launched a major Quality Initiative, an institution-wide focus on various levels of care to provide patients with timely, safe, effective, patient-centered, equitable and evidence-based care to achieve optimal clinical outcomes and exceptional patient experiences. This initiative provides administrative fellows with diverse experience opportunities, including scorecard development, process improvement projects, EMR optimization, care management and more.
For more information regarding UTMB's future, please visit its strategic vision in The Road Ahead.
The Health System
From left to right: The UTMB Mutispecialty Center & Stark Diabetes Clinic in League City, Texas; John Sealy Hospital on Galveston Island; and the future Jennie Sealy Hospital. [Click on an image to enlarge]
The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB Health) offers diverse experiences that will benefit fellows throughout their career, including exposure to the educational, research and patient care missions at one of the nation's leading academic medical centers.
UTMB Health is home to four schools, three institutes, more than 2,400 students and approximately 1,000 faculty members. The main campus is situated on 84 acres on the eastern end of Galveston Island and consists of over 70 major buildings, including the 380-bed John Sealy Hospital and 108-bed Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Hospital, which is dedicated solely to the care of Texas's offender population and runs one of the largest pharmacies and largest telemedicine programs in the nation. In addition, UTMB operates approximately 80 community-based clinics in 40 locations both on-island and across Galveston County, providing much needed primary and specialty care services to a rapidly growing population
In 2010, UTMB Health became the 49th member of The Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Thanks to this collaboration, fellows will have the unique opportunity to learn more about the value of collectively improving overall population health while ensuring UTMB and the Houston/Galveston region remain leaders in health sciences education, research and patient care well into the future.