UTMB Ushers in New Era with Dedication of Jennie Sealy Hospital
The University of Texas Medical Branch ushered in a new era for the health science center with Friday’s dedication ceremony of the new Jennie Sealy Hospital.
The ceremony’s keynote speaker, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn praised the University of Texas System and UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven, who also attended the ceremony. In addition to 310 patient rooms, the new $438 million hospital also includes 60 Intensive Care beds, a 28-bed day surgery unit and 20 operating suites that feature diagnostic imaging equipment integrated within the operating rooms.
“Today’s dedication is another marker for the progressive growth of the University of Texas System and a sign of the lasting impact it’s having on the world,” Cornyn said.
He went on to say: “This is not only a sign of strong sense of purpose, but it also is indicative of the strong support of organizations like The Sealy & Smith Foundation. And it means that the work you’re doing here is making a real difference as well. The new Jennie Sealy Hospital epitomizes this.”
In his remarks, UTMB President Dr. David Callender spoke about the university’s resilience, particularly after the destruction of Hurricane Ike in 2008. He also offered his gratitude to all of those who helped make the hospital a reality.
“No, we will not soon forget the 3,442 donors who to date have contributed $425.9 million to our Working Wonders Campaign to build this hospital and to fund many other important works at UTMB,” Dr. Callender said. “We will absolutely not forget our employees who cleaned up this campus, who held it together through some very difficult years and who then gave more than $11 million from their own pockets to the Family Campaign to make sure this hospital was finished and open… To all of you who helped, today is your day. Welcome to your new Jennie Sealy Hospital, an indelible sign of what vision and hope and hard work can inspire.”
Of the hospital's $438 million cost, $202 million came from private philanthropy.
The first patients will be welcomed in April.
U.S Sen. John Cornyn tours the new hospital with UTMB President Dr. David Callender after Friday’s dedication ceremony. Dr. Eric Walser (above, far right) spoke to the senator about the hospital’s interoperative MRI unit, which allows surgeons to scan patients during surgeries to alleviate the need for subsequent procedures.