Urgent care center opens today
A new adult urgent care center will open nights and weekends at the Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South in League City. The center will be open Monday through Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The center will provide care for injuries and illnesses that require prompt attention but are not life threatening. To view all after-hour locations go to www.utmbhealth.com/urgentcare. To reach a nurse at the Access Center call 800-917-8906.

High school and health careers
A free academy July 29 to Aug. 2 allows high school students in the greater Galveston/Houston area to explore the wide variety of biomedical and health-related careers available at UTMB. Participants in the career academy spend five days on campus in learning and activities in state-of-the-art facilities in UTMB’s School of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Health Professions and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The online application deadline is Friday, April 26. All supporting documents must be received by Friday, May 3. The program is open to all high school students who will be 16 years old by July 29 and who have at least a 2.5 grade point average. Housing is not provided and students must have transportation to and from campus. Students must apply online at www.utmb.edu.oeo.

Open Gates reopens
A ribbon-cutting ceremony last week celebrated the official reopening of the Open Gates Conference Center at 2419 Sealy. Originally built for Galveston merchant, banker and philanthropist George Sealy and his wife Magnolia, the home was designed by New York architect Stanford White. The construction from 1887 to 1889 was supervised by Galveston architect Nicholas Clayton, who also designed the Ashbel Smith Building, or “Old Red.” Open Gates, which served as a refuge during the 1900 hurricane, was given to UTMB by the Sealy family in 1979 and is available for meetings when the activity is consistent with UTMB’s mission and goals and approved by the director in advance. For more information go to www.utmb.edu/suf or call 409-747-6753.

Clean Air
The Houston/Galveston Area Council presented UTMB with a regional Clean Air Champion award for its contribution to voluntary reduction in mobile emissions with the Victory Lakes park–and-ride service for employees and patients. The service provides more than 6,800 rides per month and more than 80,000 per year. That equates to about 3,300 cars not traveling to UTMB each month. The council established the award in 2009 to recognize businesses, local governments and other organizations for their commitment to improving the region’s air quality.

National post
Todd Leach
, interim chief information officer and associate vice president, was elected to serve a three-year term on the national steering committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Information Resources. The committee manages the affairs of the group, influences technology standards and policies through collaboration and identifies projects and issues of interest.