A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Health Education Center is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. April 7. The $90.4 million, 160,000 square-foot facility is expected to open in 2019. The building will feature a variety of simulation classroom space enabling future generations of health care professionals to learn in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment.

Sci Café discussion on mental health

The next Sci Café discussion “From Air Quality to Zoning: Healthy Community Indicators” will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Mod Coffeehouse, 2126 Postoffice, in Galveston. Leading the discussion will be John Prochaska, assistant professor in Preventive Medicine and Community Health, and Dustin Henry, facilities planner. For information, call Amber Anthony, 409-772-9136.

Did you know?

The Southeast Texas Poison Center at the University of Texas Medical Branch, which started with one phone in 1959, receives about 120 calls a day from the public and medical health professionals about poisonings and toxic exposures. In 2016, the center received more than 44,000 calls. Of those, at least 27 each day were from emergency medical services, clinics, emergency rooms and other health care providers who needed assistance with diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of poisoned patients.

Town hall distinguished lecturer

A co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia, A. Thomas McLellan, is the featured speaker at the 2017 Town Hall Distinguished Lecturer series. McLellan’s presentation, “Modern, Effective Care for Substance Use Disorders: Findings from the 2016 Surgeon General’s Facing Addiction Report,” is presented by UTMB’s Center for Addiction Research and the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol. McLellan, who previously was deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, also was the principal developer of the Addiction Severity Index and the Treatment Services Review, which are used to better understand and treat people with drug abuse problems. The event begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Levin Hall, between 10th and 11th streets, in Galveston.

Coming soon, more food options at Galveston campus

Renovations to Café on the Court in John Sealy Hospital on the Galveston Campus will be completed by mid-April. In addition to the existing Subway sandwich shop, improvements will include expanded food selections, a new Chick-fil-A and the return of hot food service. There is an Einstein’s Bros. Bagels in Jennie Sealy Hospital. Starbucks Coffee is located on the first floor of John Sealy Hospital, near the lobby. A second Starbucks is on the first floor of the Moody Medical Library.