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UTMB announces plans to lease Bay Area Regional Medical Center
By Mary Alys Cherry
he University of Texas Medical Branch
at Galveston has signed a letter of intent to complete negotiations regarding a long-term lease of the recently vacated Bay Area Regional Medical Center in Webster. The Bay Area facility at the corner of Highway 3 and Blossom opened in 2014 but was shuttered in May, throwing several hundred employees out of work. The UT System Board of Regents has approved UTMB proposed plans with financing to be managed through operational funds. “This is a unique opportunity for UTMB Health to advance our mission of education, research and patient care,” said Dr. David L. Callender, president of the university. “The Webster location will complement our existing facilities on our League City Campus and in surrounding areas, as well as our future plans for education and research activities in the Bay Area. Together, these facilities will enable us to broaden our efforts to serve a rapidly growing region, while supporting our academic work to define the future of health care.” When a lease is final, UTMB will work with UTMB faculty and program leaders, as well as existing physicians in the Bay Area, to determine how best to use the property, he explained. Once final agreements have been signed, an opening date will be determined.
UTMB is continuing with plans to add 60 beds to its existing 37-bed League City Hospital, which currently includes an emergency room, mother-baby unit with Level II infant special care capability, and medical/ surgical services for adults. Numerous UTMB specialty services also are available on the university’s League City Campus and nearby facilities. In 2016, UTMB dedicated the 250-bed Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston and work is continuing to modernize the nearby John Sealy Hospital. In addition, UTMB has a hospital at its Angleton Danbury Campus in Brazoria County, as well as numerous clinics throughout the Greater Houston/Galveston area. The clinical facilities support the university’s education and research activities.
“The Webster location will complement our existing facilities on our League City Campus.”
Houston Methodist Physician Clinics opens in League City
ouston Methodist Physician Clinics in League City opened on Aug. 13, bringing leading medicine to families living in Tuscan Lakes and surrounding communities. The Physician Clinics – located at 2220 E. League City Pkwy. – offers primary care, orthopedics and sports medicine, physical and occupational therapy and X-ray services in one convenient location. The Physician Clinics also includes a sports performance turf lane for throwing, running and agility rehabilitation and training, as well as a vertical jump training machine. The multidisciplinary team of primary care and specialty care physicians at the new Physician Clinics includes: Dr. Anika Bell-Gray, a board-certified family physician welcoming children and adults to Houston Methodist Primary Care Group Dr. Javier Rios and Dr. Gillian Wooldridge, primary care sports medicine specialists; Dr. Jamie Alexander, an orthopedic hand surgeon; and Dr. Juan Serrato, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Bell-Gray earned her medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and previously practiced in Friendswood and Texas City before joining Houston Methodist Primary Care Group in League City. As a family medicine specialist, Bell-Gray
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treats men, women and children for acute and chronic illnesses, with a focus on disease prevention and wellness. Rios earned his medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in Tulsa. Wooldridge earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from The University of North Texas Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital. Alexander earned her medical degree from Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine in College Station and completed a fellowship in hand surgery at Baylor College of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics in Houston. Serrato earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and completed a fellowship in knee and shoulder reconstruction, arthroscopy and sports medicine at Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center in Cincinnati. The orthopedic specialists offer nonsurgical orthopedics and sports medicine, joint replacement, concussion and fracture management, sprains, rotator cuff disorders, overuse injuries, sports injuries and general orthopedic injuries and conditions. Wooldridge also treats patients for general medical issues and chronic conditions. Visit houstonmethodist.org/appointments or call 281.523.3110 to learn more or to schedule an appointment with a physician at Houston Methodist Physician Clinics in League City.
The Houston area appears to be one of the best places in the U.S. to live if you hope to enjoy good healthcare. Several hospitals are ranked among the best in Texas. Some are even among the best in the country. Almost all have facilities in the Bay Area. Houston Methodist, for example is ranked No. 1 among Texas Hospitals in the 2018-19 rankings by U.S. News and World Reports with Memorial Hermann and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center tied for fourth in the state. MD Anderson Cancer Center was ranked No. 1 in the country in cancer care. TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital was ranked No. 3 in the U.S. as one of the country’s top rehabilitation hospitals and has been included in the prestigious rankings since the report’s inception in 1989. In addition, several Memorial Hermann service lines were also honored nationally by U.S. News and World Report, including Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Cardiology & Heart Surgery and Neurology & Neurosurgery; and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery and Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery. Houston Methodist, meanwhile, was nationally ranked in eight specialties, among them cardiology, orthopedic, neurology, diabetes and gastroenterology. Also recognized were Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center, Mischer Neuroscience Institute at Memorial HermannTexas Medical Center and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital – in addition to the rehabilitation services at TIRR Memorial Hermann So, if you must get sick, you have some of the nation’s best facilities just down the road.
World-class orthopedic care close to home at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at St. John.