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Jennie Sealy Hospital ceremonies to celebrate opening

Feb 18, 2016, 10:17 AM by Stephen Hadley
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UTMB employees and students—as well as the local community—will have their first chance to see the new Jennie Sealy Hospital up close and personal in late February.

Several events will mark the completion of construction and opening of the new 765,000-square-foot hospital, which will accept its first patient on April 9. An employee open house is set for Thursday, Feb. 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., followed by a formal dedication of the state-of-the-art facility on Friday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. that will include several local, state and national dignitaries to help UTMB mark the occasion.

Referring physicians will be invited to tour the hospital on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and area residents will have an opportunity to walk through the facility starting at noon that day.

“Jennie Sealy Hospital is our gift to the community,” said Donna K. Sollenberger, executive vice president and CEO of UTMB Health System. “This is a wonderful resource that features the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide the best patient care possible. Now we’re going to have the facility that matches the unparalleled skill of our physicians, our nurses and our staff, plus our inpatients will have wonderful views of the water.”

Sollenberger said these views of Galveston harbor or the Gulf of Mexico from every room will aid in the healing process.

“There’s a whole science behind the design of facilities that improve healing, and we incorporated each of those principles into the construction of Jennie Sealy Hospital,” she said. “This new hospital will be a warm and welcoming environment that supports patient healing and better patient outcomes.”