The Sealy & Smith Foundation has awarded $3.87 million in funding to establish a comprehensive eye and ear center, which will allow UTMB to consolidate services at the current Eye Center at 700 University Blvd. in Galveston. Under the proposal, 8,000 square feet of the third floor will be reconfigured and renovated in order to relocate the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic and Audiology and Speech Pathology Clinic. Improvements also will be made to the existing Eye Center area on the first-floor, including the entryway, reception and lobby. The project is expected to take a year to complete.