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Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Galveston County
UTMB Comprehensive Maternity Center
by Jim Guidry
Thursday, February 16, 2012

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston on Wednesday hosted a Galveston Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new, state-of-the-art Comprehensive Maternity Center at UTMB’s John Sealy Hospital.

“This facility enables us to make the most modern capabilities available to our patients,” said UTMB President Dr. David Callender.  “It is a great compliment to our staff’s tremendous abilities so together we can do just about anything.”
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Callender gave credit to the Sealy & Smith Foundation that provided the majority of the funding for the facility and Texas State Representative Craig Eiland who helped secure funding for UTMB from the Texas Legislature.

“It’s a modern facility that we are all very proud of, and it’s long overdue,” said John Kelso, president of the foundation.  “This is just the first part of a large grant.  We have a $36 million grant to UTMB for the renovations of the John Sealy Hospital Tower.”
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“This is a great day,” Representative Eiland said.  “Congratulations to the Sealy & Smith Foundation for stepping forward back when we needed them the most.”

Eiland recalled that he and his wife Melissa spent many days at UTMB for the births of their three children who had special problems.

“It’s a grand day for UTMB,” said Dr. Gary Hankins, chair of the UTMB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  “It’s a grand day for women and children.” Listen: MP3 RealPlayer

“We’ve been waiting for this for years,” agreed Dr. George Saade, chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UTMB. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer

“This is another example of Galveston excellence,” said Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski.
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Director of Nursing Cheryl Day said a lot of people were involved in the planning of the facility and the grand opening celebration. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer

“We actually had a planning committee of about 12 of us that met every week to design the event today and I’ve also been on the planning committee for the design of the unit,” she said.

The new center boasts 16 private, spacious labor-delivery and recovery suites, five triage rooms, four prolonged observation rooms, a maternal intensive monitoring bay, and an obstetric post-surgical recovery area. The facilities are supported by five operating rooms and one fetal surgery room. The center is on the same floor as UTMB’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, making it ideally suited for high-risk maternity patients.

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