Galveston Island is recognized worldwide for its health care and medical research advances. Island residents have the peace of mind in knowing that the most advanced health care technologies and the best-trained medical staffs are easily accessible.
Home to states first schools of medicine, nursing and health professions in Texas
More than 27,000 degrees awarded since its founding
Dynamic curricula focus on training students to work as part of inter-professional teams
UTMB medical and nursing students surpass national averages and passing rates on board exams
The first public institution in Texas to offer a doctoral degree in clinical science
Graduate programs ranked among
the top ten in the nation by U.S. News and World Report
Innovative patient simulation program benefits students, postgraduates and practitioners
UTMB medical students match to high-profile residency programs nationwide;
more than half remain in Texas
Crucial player in advancing health education in Texas
A leader in training a diverse workforce to care for an increasingly diverse population
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) is a major academic health center dedicated to improving the lives of others through health sciences education, clinical care and biomedical research. Opened in 1891, UTMB combines a rich history of service with a forward-thinking spirit to define the future of health care nationally and internationally. Its recent membership in the Texas Medical Center (TMC) formalizes the health care and biomedical research partnerships UTMB has forged with other TMC member institutions in the Galveston/Houston region.
UTMB’s Health System provides comprehensive care through a growing network of campus- and community-based clinics, in its Galveston-based inpatient care complex and Level III trauma center, and in collaboration with clinical partners in mainland Galveston County and beyond. Areas of clinical excellence at UTMB include the Texas Transplant Center, burns care, women’s health, stroke care, cardiovascular services, geriatrics, metabolic disorders (including treatment for obesity and diabetes), and cancer. UTMB is also working on numerous pilot programs to better address the needs of special populations.
UTMB’s Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes opened in late spring 2010, providing patients and their physicians a resource for the type of advanced care found only at university medical centers. Services include advanced imaging, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Breast Health Center, Center for Weight Management, Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Center, Pelvic Health and Continence Center, and surgical specialty care.
Medical research at UTMB delves into a broad range of promising topics that often have immediate application to patient care. Areas of research strength include infectious diseases, biodefense and vaccine development; cancer; aging; diabetes; neuroscience and neurological recovery; environmental health and asthma; and molecular medicine, structural biology and proteomics. UTMB also is home to the Institute for the Medical Humanities, the Institute for Human Infections and Immunity, the Institute for Translational Science, and three World Health Organization Collaborating Centers. In addition, the university is home to the Galveston National Laboratory, the first national lab of any kind in Texas and one of only two national biocontainment labs for the safe study of infectious threats to human health.
Since 1952, Mainland Medical Center has been saving lives and improving the quality of life. Each year, over 62,000 outpatient procedures are performed and more than 8,000 persons are admitted to MMC from the greater Galveston County region.
In order to give their patients the best care, they are committed to providing state-of-the-art facilities and techniques. Their operating rooms, emergency department and diagnostic imaging department are all on the leading edge of technology. As such, physicians and staff are able to stay abreast of the latest developments in their specialties. The physicians on staff are highly skilled professionals who have knowledge in all areas of medical care. In fact, 78 percent of the medical staff is board certified and offers expertise in primary care, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, women’s health, psychology, surgery, radiology, pathology, oncology, plastic surgery, urology and pediatrics.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, an accrediting agency for hospitals whose mission is to improve the quality of health care provided to the public, accredits Mainland Medical Center with commendation. Only one percent of hospitals nationwide receive this commendation, which is the highest level of accreditation awarded.
Mainland Medical Center is located on the corner of Emmett F. Lowery Expressway and Highway 3 in Texas City, easily accessible from all areas of Galveston County.
For more information on Galveston Island, please contact the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, toll-free at 1-888-GAL-ISLE, or explore our state-of-the-art website, Galveston.com. Also, you may wish to download the Official Galveston Island Visitor Guide by clicking here. Enjoy your visit!