than a century, the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) has
served the needs of Texas and Texans from its large Galveston campus,
long anchored by the John Sealy Hospital.
The former hub of UTMB’s inpatient care complex, John Sealy Hospital was
completed in 1978 at a cost of $32.5 million and was funded in full by
The Sealy & Smith Foundation. The 12-story hospital includes single
patient rooms and specialized care units. It is the third facility to
bear the name John Sealy Hospital, in memory of the benefactor whose
bequest built the first John Sealy Hospital in 1890. Portraits of John
Sealy and his son, John Sealy II, and daughter, Jennie Sealy Smith, are
on display in the lobby.
A second John Sealy Hospital, built in 1954, is known
today as the John Sealy Annex and now houses administrative and support
services. It is joined to the north side of the current hospital, and
portions of its original facade are easily recognizable.
The Sealy & Smith Foundation has contributed more than $850 million to UTMB since its inception, leaving a lasting imprint on the university.
The new Jennie Sealy Hospital,
also on the Galveston campus and also generously supported by the
Sealy & Smith Foundation, reinforces the commitment of UTMB Health
to provide the best possible care for patients, and the best environment
for physicians and nurses to care for patients in a setting that
nurtures and enriches the learning experience for students.
The new $438 million facility features 310 patient rooms,
including 60 dedicated ICU beds, a 28-bed day surgery unit and 20
state-of-the-art operating suites (see Jennie Sealy Facts Sheet for more details).
It also connects to UTMB's new Clinical Services Wing, which
contains the hospital pharmacy, laboratory space, support services
(environmental services, materials management, linen) and a commercial
With the opening of the new Jennie Sealy Hospital on April 9,
2016, work shifts to back to John Sealy Hospital, where the second
phase of a major modernization has begun.
John Sealy Hospital continues to house the world-renowned Blocker
Burn Unit, Mother & Baby and Labor & Delivery Units,
the Children's Hospital, the Sleep
Lab, cafeteria and various other services.