UTMB opens new clinics, adds hospital beds

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston continues to expand and extend health care services on the island and on the mainland. Hospital capacity on the island has grown steadily, and there are plans to open an additional 30 beds in the early fall, for a total of 400 beds.

The UTMB Cancer Center recently opened its Galveston Infusion Therapy Clinic on the third floor of the University Hospital Clinics Building, 1005 Harborside Drive in Galveston. The clinic serves patients who receive chemotherapy medications, blood products and other therapies intravenously.

In June, UTMB opened a state-of-the-art endovascular suite in Clear Lake. “It is the only ‘hybrid suite’ south of Clear Lake, which allows for open vascular surgery as well as catheter-based procedures and procedures involving both open surgery and stents,” said Dr. Lois Killewich, professor and interim chief of vascular and endovascular surgery.

A new Dickinson Family Health Clinic, located at 3828 Hughes Court, Suite 203, also opened recently, offers comprehensive treatment of adults and children with diabetes, hypertension, asthma, heart disease, respiratory conditions and acute illnesses such as colds, infections and minor injuries (cuts and sprains). It will also offer well-woman exams, childhood immunizations, occupational and school physicals, and behavioral counseling and psychotherapy.

The UTMB Department of Radiology recently opened the Friendswood Imaging Center, 128 W. Parkwood. The comprehensive outpatient facility provides MRI, CT, digital radiography and ultrasound services.

The Women’s Health Center at Bay Colony recently added urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery to its specialty services. Located in Dickinson at Bay Colony Town Center, specialties include diagnosing and treating gynecologic cancer, incontinence, chronic pelvic pain and problems associated with menopause, annual gynecologic screenings and general obstetrics. Urogynecologists provide comprehensive, integrated care, offering patients evaluation and management strategies for disorders affecting the female pelvic floor.

The UTMB Dickinson Cancer Center, which opened earlier this year. The center provides hematology and oncology services, gynecological oncology and radiation oncology services, pain management for oncology patients, as well as an infusion suite.