Breast cancer group to meet today
The UTMB Breast Cancer Support Group for women diagnosed with breast cancer will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the Galveston Island Community Center, Suite B101, 4700 Broadway. The group helps women at any stage of diagnosis and treatment understand that breast cancer affects them both emotionally and spiritually, not just physically.A light meal and refreshments will be offered. Meetings are hosted the fourth Tuesday of each month.

Health policy lecture
Dr. George “Holt” Oliver, vice president for clinical informatics at the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, will speak on “Predictive health analytics: Development, use and regulation” at the next Healthy Health Policy lunch and lecture at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Room 3.362 of the Clinical Sciences Building, located on the Galveston campus behind John Sealy Hospital. Contact Becky Trout at or 409-747-2734.

National Drug Take Back
This is a safe, anonymous, drive-through way to dispose of expired and unneeded medications. Bring pills and liquids in their original container if possible. Names can be crossed out. Don’t bring needles or other sharp objects. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, bring in unwanted medicine to any of three locations — the UTMB Eye Center at 700 University Blvd., in Galveston; the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway S., in League City; and the Houston Police Department Clear Lake Substation, 2855 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston. This is a project of the Southeast Texas Poison Center at UTMB, the Bay Area Alliance and the Kiwanis Club of Galveston. Visit

Bay Area Heart Walk
UTMB Health is a sponsor and has many teams participating in the Bay Area Heart Walk on Saturday at the Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., in Kemah. Visit or call 713-610-5093.

Police training exercise
UTMB police will conduct an active shooter training exercise in John Sealy Hospital at 1 p.m. Oct. 30. The exercise will include hospital personnel. This is a training exercise only and will not be a real emergency situation. The exercise will be confined to one area of the hospital. Access to the training area on the third floor will be restricted but the rest of the hospital will remain open.

State appointment
Elizabeth Protas, dean of the UTMB School of Health Professions, has been appointed for a six-year term to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Health-Related Institutions Formula Advisory Committee. The committee is charged with reviewing and advising on formula-funding policies and procedures. Formula-funding is the money provided by the state of Texas to state-supported institutions and is based upon enrollment, type of institution, discipline and various other factors as directed by the legislature.

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