Great news for Galveston residents: The UT board of regents has voted to keep UTMB on the island.
The bad news: They still have to get funding from the legislature to do so, and are throwing around figures like "a billion dollars over time."
But that's another bridge to cross, at another time. For now, the impassioned outburst from the island has succeeded where a lot of people thought it might not -- rebuilding the hospital and medical school after it was ravaged by Ike.
Not long ago, UT officials were talking of moving the facility inland. Now they not only want to keep the John Sealy Hospital open, keep the teaching and trauma center open, but also build a new 214-bed surgical tower.
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It's terrific news for the hard-hit community. Let's just hope the second part comes through, too.