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FY2009 In Brief

September 2008
Hurricane Ike makes landfall

UTMB opens four mainland clinics in first week after storm

Lawmakers, including Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick, State Rep. Craig Eiland and State Rep. Larry Taylor, tour UTMB

Family Medicine and Pediatrics open mobile clinic units in a west Galveston parking lot
October 2008
Students and non-essential employees return to campus

24-hour pediatric urgent care opens on island

First delivery at UTMB since Hurricane Ike
November 2008
Trauma Center earns top honors nationally for 2008–2009 survival rates

Galveston National Laboratory dedicated

UTMB Ob-Gyn Clinic returns to Galveston Island
December 2008
School of Health Professions holds White Coat ceremony, graduates 85

Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools votes to reaffirm UTMB’s accreditation

UTMB recognized for outstanding community service by the Association of American Medical Colleges

Delivery of 1,000th baby since Ike
January 2009
President Callender testifies before Texas House of Representatives Select Committee on Hurricane Ike Devastation

UTMB performs two living-donor transplants in Galveston

Members of Governor’s Commission for Disaster Recovery and Renewal tour John Sealy Hospital

AT&T contributes $250,000 to help students recover from Hurricane Ike

Blocker Burn Unit reopens for adult patients

UTMB re-opens John Sealy Hospital as full-service facility with 200 beds

New clinics opened include Medical and Surgical Specialty Clinic in Friendswood, and Cancer Treatment Center in Dickinson
February 2009
UT System Board of Regents Special Task Force hosts public meeting on UTMB’s clinical operations

Contributors commit more than $1 million to UTMB’s Hurricane Recovery Fund

Stephanie Russell, a UTMB labor & delivery nurse herself, gives birth to triplets at John Sealy Hospital; she says, “I couldn’t have been at a better place”
March 2009
UT System Board of Regents approves resolution to restore inpatient bed count in Galveston to pre-Ike levels

President Callender testifies in Austin before the House Appropriations Committee regarding HB6, a proposal by Rep. Craig Eiland of Galveston to help rebuild UTMB

Blocker Burn Unit reopens to treat patients age 13 and up as local Shriners Hospital for Children remains closed

Students travel to Austin to tell state lawmakers about the importance of approving funding to help rebuild UTMB

EVP/Chief Business and Finance Officer joins UTMB
April 2009
Wall Street Journal highlights UTMB-administered 3-Share health plan

Texas House begins debate of—and ultimately approves—HB4586, which includes proposals to provide financial support for UTMB

School of Nursing graduates 284 students

Homecoming attracts record crowd of 350

81st Texas Legislative session approves $6 million for expansion of UTMB Stark Diabetes Center community-based model for preventing and treating diabetes

UTMB Cardiology moves into new offices in the Mainland Medical Pavilion in Texas City
May 2009
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awards 45 degrees

Texas House and Senate approve an increase of $97 million in general revenue funding (Senate Bill 1)

UTMB prepares for an anticipated H1N1 outbreak as the first cases of swine flu are diagnosed in Galveston County
June 2009
Governor Perry signs legislation authorizing recovery funding for UTMB

UTMB’s Labor & Delivery Unit sets record by delivering 17 babies within one 12-hour shift

Renovations to John Sealy Hospital lobby begin

Main cafeteria reopens once mobile kitchen is installed and food service capacity is increased
July 2009
National leadership of Shriners Hospitals for Children vote to keep island burns hospital open

NIH awards UTMB prestigious $21.5M Clinical Translational Sciences Award

UTMB hires 116 medical-surgical and emergency room nurses with “100 Nurses in 100 Days” recruitment campaign; success brings reopening of Emergency Room closer to reality
August 2009
School of Health Professions graduates 95 students

More than 1,000 incoming students from all four schools attend Welcome Weekend

School of Medicine hosts White Coat ceremony for more than 200 incoming students

UTMB wins the Quality Improvement Achievement Award from the TMF Health Quality Institute

UTMB’s Emergency Room re-opens as a Level III trauma center; faculty, staff and administrators begin working toward Level I redesignation

EVP/CEO for the Health System joins UTMB (September 2009)