Drivers crossing the Causeway Bridge into Galveston are now greeted by a brand new UTMB pediatric clinic. Located at 6416 Broadway in the Galvez Shopping Center, the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic and Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic opened Jan. 30 to the island’s youngest patients and their families.
The new location replaces the UTMB Island Pediatrics West Clinic at 2027 61st Street. At 7,500 square feet, the new facility is about four times larger than the old clinic and provides both pediatric primary and urgent care with 12 exam rooms, on-site radiology and ample parking. Artwork created by local students adorns the walls and creates a child-friendly, colorful atmosphere. 
UTMB leaders along with friends and family throughout the community gathered on Feb. 25 for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the newClinic Medical Director Dr. Kwabena Sarpong had the ribbon-cutting honors spacious facility. The ceremony included remarks by Dr. C. Joan Richardson, professor and chairwoman of the Department of Pediatrics; James Yarbrough, mayor of Galveston; and Donna Sollenberger, executive vice president and CEO of UTMB Health System. 
Sollenberger said the new clinic will help manage children’s overall health and wellness.
“We are offering annual wellness exams, childhood infections, services for ADD and ADHD and developmental assessments, as well as the newest vaccines and vaccine information,” she said. “We are also working with a broad range of specialists and therapists. Dr. Richardson has built a department that is a forerunner in being able to provide the whole spectrum of care for your child at the highest level.”
Pediatrician Dr. Patricia Rogers sees patients at the new clinic on Wednesdays. She said the new space is a vast improvement forDr. Rogers at work in the new clinic both patients and providers, noting that there was just one bathroom for everyone at the old facility, and the physician work room was crammed, serving as a copy room and break room, as well.
“Compared to the other clinic, this is mecca,” she exclaimed. “It’s awesome. There’s a plethora of exam rooms, a large nurses’ station and a provider room with seven stations for physicians with computers. Certainly we can serve the community.” 
Patients can make appointments to visit their primary care physicians at the Pediatric Primary Care Clinic Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For unexpected illnesses and circumstances that arise, Pediatric Urgent Care services are available weekdays 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on weekends 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, click here.