An Introduction to UTMB

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) was established in 1891 as the University of Texas Medical Department with one building, 23 students, and 13 faculty members. Today, UTMB is home to four schools that collectively confer degrees to over 800 students each year, 2 hospitals, over 85 clinics throughout Galveston and the surrounding mainland communities, and is home to the Galveston National Lab and multiple other centers of research excellence.

UTMB's "Old Red"

Throughout its 120-year history, UTMB has established itself as a leader in advancing health science education, research and patient care. The UTMB community holds a deep commitment to service, a dedication to excellence, and a strong desire to blaze new trails.

Patient Care: UTMB Health offers a wide range of primary and specialty care services on Galveston Island as well as on the mainland. The patient care enterprise is anchored by the John Sealy Hospital on Galveston Island, which includes a Level 1 Trauma center that serves the region by providing tertiary and quaternary care. The Victory Lakes Specialty Care Center and Victory Lakes Town Center multispecialty clinics and Stark Diabetes center anchor the off-island ambulatory operations. UTMB Health has over 80 clinics in 40 locations throughout the mainland in Southeast Houston and the Gulf Coast region.

Research: UTMB is home to the Galveston National Laboratory, the only national lab in Texas and the only one of its kind in the nation on a university campus. It is home to the Sealy Center on Aging; Sealy Center for Vaccine Development, the largest vaccine development program at a US university; and a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Center Research Resources (NCRR) to facilitate clinical translational research at UTMB. UTMB has seven School of Medicine departments that rank in the top 25 in NIH funding. The School of Health Professions ranks 6th nationally in NIH funding. The faculty in the School of Nursing has nearly $3.5M in active grants.

Education: UTMB is home to the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences enrolling a record number of students in the fall of 2012. UTMB offers 33 different residencies and 37 subspecialty fellowship programs. In 2011, over 40% of our medical school graduates selected residencies in primary care.

Service to the Region

The list below demonstrates the many ways that UTMB supports the Southeast Texas region to provide patient care across the continuum.   See the maps in our presentation to better understand UTMB’s scope of relationships and services. 

  • Network of over 80 clinics at 40 sites offering primary and specialty care
  • Regional Maternal and Child Health Program (RMCHP) clinics throughout the region, often co-located with Women, Infants and Children (WIC) offices
  • Telemedicine sites to support RMCHP, private contracts for care, Correctional Managed Care, and outpatient clinics
  • Educational affiliations for students and residents throughout the region
  • East Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
  • County and Hospital District contracts to provide indigent care for patients
  • Southeast Poison Control region
  • Working relationships with private hospitals transferring patients for higher levels of care
  • Working relationships with hospitals providing care to the offender population

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UTMB looks forward to working with counties, other hospitals, providers, and communities to build a regional health care partnership in the Southeast Texas region.  UTMB is committed to improving access to and quality of care for all patients throughout Texas, and believes that through the Regional Health Care Partnership in the Southeast Region of Texas the needs of patient populations can be addressed.

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