Guidry News Service recently visited with Donna K. Sollenberger, executive vice president and CEO for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Health System, who reviewed expansions in 2013 and talked about plans for 2014.
“We’ve really embarked on what may be unprecedented expansion in the clinical enterprise this past year,” she said.
Regarding in-patient service, Sollenberger noted the opening of eight new medical intensive care beds.
“We also had the opportunity to begin to more fully develop the neurosciences service line, which is neurology and neurosurgery,” she said. “Last year we opened an epilepsy monitoring unit, which we had not had since before the storm (Hurricane Ike).”
She said the opening of a Decision Support Unit in November was helpful in evaluating the needs of incoming patients rather than having them sit in the waiting room of the Emergency Room.
Sollenberger also noted the extensive work underway on the Galveston County mainland, including the major expansion to our Victory Lakes campus, which will include a small emergency room and urgent care facility as well as additional surgical operating rooms and an additional 40 beds. The expansion is
projected to open in 2015. (Correct)
Also under construction is the new $438 million Jennie Sealy Hospital on the main campus of UTMB.
“I love my view,” Sollenberger said, pointing out the window to the project under construction, “Because I can see really the future of UTMB on this campus.”
She said a number of new clinics with increased space and improved services are being developed throughout Galveston County.
“We’ve been busy,” she said, later commenting on the UTMB slogan, Working Together to Work Wonders. "I think that UTMB is a very special place. It's a special place to work; it's a special place, I think, to be a patient; it's a special for our community; and it's just great to watch people work together to do the right thing."