Late last year, the troubled future of the University of Texas — Medical Branch was Galveston's direst long-term threat. Ike slammed the medical school and hospital complex to the tune of $710 million in damages. The 550-bed John Sealy Hospital, UTMB's main source of income, was closed by the storm, as was the only level-one trauma center on the Island. When John Sealy reopened, the regents planned to have it do so as a 200-bed hospital. Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas wondered aloud if the 200-bed John Sealy Hospital would be big enough to support having a medical... More >>>