From the President

Mar 21, 2016, 08:32 AM by Dr. David Callender
dr-callenderOn Feb. 26, we ushered in a new era for our health sciences university, with the dedication of the Jennie Sealy Hospital on the Galveston campus. The event marked a major milestone in UTMB’s 125-year history—one made possible by the hard work and determination of untold numbers of UTMB employees, students, alumni, contributors and friends over the past seven-plus years.

We were so fortunate to be joined at the formal dedication events by UT System dignitaries and elected officials from the federal, state and local level. We were pleased to also welcome the Board of Directors of The Sealy & Smith Foundation, an organization whose significant philanthropic contributions since 1922 have spurred tremendous progress at UTMB helped bring the new hospital to life.

The festivities were a wonderful opportunity for celebration within our UTMB family as well, and gave all of us a chance to showcase this wonderful new hospital to the greater community before the first patient arrives to receive care there on April 9.

You can learn more about the Jennie Sealy Hospital dedication inside this issue, along with stories about our people. Among them:

  • A day in the life of Capital Projects, with Jake Wolf, program director
  • A profile of Amy Lussier, associate vice president for Health System Operations
  • A closer look at the School of Nursing’s RN 2 BSN Award Program
  • The Virtual Drug Discovery Portal that’s making a global impact
  • A spotlight on a few of the many volunteers who give their time, energy and passion to serve our patients and their families
  • Drs. Ben and Sharon Raimer and their Hands and Feet Medical Missions
  • Vision safety tips by Dr. Matthew Crookston
  • Numerous accomplishments and kudos in the Working Wonders column and
    throughout the newsletter

You’ll also see an item about our WEAR campaign, intended to help us all remember to wear our badges, every day, all shifts, responsibly. Thank you!

Dr. David L. Callender
UTMB President