News reports on the John Sealy Hospital fire

Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017

Dr. David L. Callender, President

As recovery from the Jan. 4 John Sealy Hospital fire progresses, a new development emerged today that I want to share with you.
News media in the Houston/Galveston area are reporting that the fire was the result of arson. These news stories are based on a State Fire Marshal’s report that was released to the media.
UTMB did not release the fire marshal’s report to news reporters because our investigation is not yet complete. While the document’s release does not signal an end to UTMB’s investigation, it will be an important source of information for us. Because our fact-finding is still in progress, we do not plan to comment on the report at this time. Once our investigation is complete, we will share as much information as we can.
I know mention of the word “arson” in the media may be alarming to a university community that cares deeply for its mission, for those we serve and for each other. I assure you that we are committed to completing a thorough investigation to learn exactly what happened and to restoring John Sealy Hospital to full service.
In the meantime, the recovery is proceeding quickly, thanks to your dedication, skill and flexibility. More units are moving back into John Sealy Hospital this week, the hospital’s front desk has 24/7 coverage again, and the circle drive has been reopened for patient traffic. You can find full details at
Thank you for your ongoing efforts to work together to ensure all of our patients get the best care at all times.
Dr. David L. Callender