About Working at UTMB Health

Working together to work wonders.

About UTMB

The state’s first academic medical center, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health), has been at the forefront of educational, research and clinical excellence since 1891. Throughout its history, UTMB has graduated more health professionals than any other academic health center in the state and has made possible countless research and patient care advances.

Today, UTMB is undergoing robust revitalization and growth to make its vision of a healthier future for our state and beyond a reality. As a proud member of the Texas Medical Center, UTMB represents an incredible return on investment for the people of Texas.

UTMB Health is a great place to work and build a career. Recognition of the importance of our people is first among our institutional pillars; we believe in investing in our people, our No. 1 asset. We do this by providing extensive internal and external training opportunities (part of our commitment to lifelong learning), through a comprehensive and competitive pay and benefits package and structured set of goals related to our people. We seek to:

  • Attract and retain outstanding faculty, administrators and staff who are committed to our goals and core values.
  • Provide our people with the leadership and professional development opportunities to enhance their knowledge and career satisfaction.
  • Use market-based compensation and recognition programs to promote and reward outstanding performance .
  • Use annual evaluations to set performance expectations and provide feedback about work efforts and skill development needs.
  • Collect and use employee feedback to optimize employee engagement and satisfaction.
  • Share critical data about UTMB’s strategic vision and direction at all levels of the organization for effective decision-making.

The UTMB Community

UTMB at a Glance


UTMB’s mission is to improve health for the people of Texas and around the world.


We work together to work wonders as we define the future of health care and strive to be the best in all of our endeavors.


Our values define our culture and guide our every interaction.

  • We demonstrate compassion for all.
  • We always act with integrity.
  • We show respect to everyone we meet.
  • We embrace diversity to best serve a global community.
  • We promote excellence and innovation through lifelong learning.


11,670 total headcount

  • 4,281 (Academic Enterprise; includes 974 Faculty)
  • 3,255 (Health System w/o CMC)
  • 3,029 (Correctional Managed Care)
  • 1,105 (Institutional Support)

Economic Impact (in round numbers)

  • Texas: $4B total spending; $2B output (goods, services); 26,000 permanent jobs
  • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown region: $2.5B total spending; $1B output; 18,000 jobs
  • Galveston County: $2B total spending; $1B output; 15,000 jobs
  • Tax revenue offsets: $96M to Texas; $56M to local taxing authorities
  • Medical services by physicians we’ve trained (Texas): $24B total spending; $13B output; 169,000 jobs
  • Research (Texas): $3B total spending; $1B output; 16,000 jobs
  • Construction (Texas): $3B total spending; 16,000 employed (person-years)

Financial Health

  • Ended last three fiscal years in a row with positive margins to reinvest in mission


  • Enrolling more students than ever: 3,012 students enrolled (Fall 2012)
  • A leader in diversity
    • SOM ranked:
      • 1st nationally in the number of Hispanic graduates
      • 8th nationally in the number of African-American graduates
      • 3rd nationally in the number and 2nd in percent of underrepresented minority graduates
  • Training primary care physicians for Texas
    • 48% of UTMB graduates chose primary care residencies (2013)
    • Of those, 48% stayed in Texas for training
  • UTMB School of Nursing ranked #6 in the nation and #1 in Texas for best online graduate nursing programs (U.S. News & World Report)
  • UTMB School of Health Professions first to be established in the southwest (1968); more than 7,000 professionals trained
  • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences offers 14 programs and has graduated more than 2,000 students


  • $148M in FY12 research expenditures
  • 2 departments in National Institutes of Health top 10
  • School of Health Professions ranks 6th among peers
  • Positioned to make significant contributions in translational research (development of diagnostic or therapeutic interventions to treat or prevent disease or frailty)
    • Collaborative spirit
    • Unique facilities and cores (e.g., fully operational Galveston National Laboratory)
    • World-class expertise in aging-related chronic diseases (leading causes of death in Texas and U.S.), neuroscience, cardiology, cancer, asthma, burns and infectious diseases/vaccines.
    • Unparalleled opportunities to partner

Patient Care

  • Level 1 Trauma Center, one of only three such centers serving all ages in Southeast Texas
  • Inpatient Enterprise FY12
    • 442 beds
    • 26,545 admissions
    • 5,411 newborn deliveries
    • 1,464 unsponsored/self-pay hospital admissions
  • Magnet Recognized for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • Outpatient Enterprise FY12
    • 95,464 telemedicine encounters
    • Full range of primary, specialty services on and off island
    • UTMB Health has more than 70 primary and specialty care clinics at nearly 30 locations in Galveston and communities throughout the Bay Area
    • Growing mainland presence (Specialty Care Center) in League City expanding
    • 681,100 outpatient visits
    • Focusing on collaboration vs. competition, addressing gaps in service
    • Capitalizing on unprecedented growth opportunities in Bay Area
  • $96M in uncompensated care

Renewing, Improving and Protecting the Campus

  • $1.79B campus revitalization includes about 200 construction projects, the largest number of active construction projects ever undertaken on a single UT System campus
  • Construction projects involving 2,500 workers ongoing
  • John Sealy Hospital modernization project
    • State-of-the-art patient rooms
    • Infrastructure upgrades
    • Adult burn unit, labor and delivery renovations
  • Mitigation
    • Limit to $50M maximum exposure, insurable loss
    • Building a resilient campus, designed to recover within days or weeks of a major storm

Building for our Future

  • New Jennie Sealy Hospital—anticipated opening 2016
    • $438M
    • 310 patient rooms including 54 intensive care unit beds
    • Rooms designed to handle varying acuity levels, afford flexibility
    • Shell space available to accommodate future growth
    • 20 state-of-the-art operating suites
    • 54-bed intensive care unit
  • Translational research building
    • ($90M, completion TBD)
  • Interprofessional education center
    • ($80M, completion TBD)

Our Road Map

UTMB’s three-year strategic vision aligns closely with the UT System’s Framework for the Future.

Eight foundational elements—people, quality, education, research, health system, strategic management and growth, financial success, and community—support cohesive planning and operations and ensure our continued ability to fulfill our vital education, research and patient care mission.