On Wednesday, the main entrance to John Sealy Hospital is scheduled to be closed to complete renovations to the main hospital lobby and concourse.

A temporary entrance will be constructed to the left of the main entrance. Inside the hospital, detour signs will direct people around the construction area.

The visitor elevators in the lobby will not have service to the first floor during this time; signs will provide direction to the staff bank of six elevators. In addition, the hospital gift shop and the pastoral care office will be moved to the south wing of John Sealy Hospital. The renovations should be completed by July.   

GSBS commencement 

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will award 31 degrees during its 45th commencement ceremony Friday in Levin Hall. The commencement speaker is Anthony Martin Gerdes, chairman of the department of biomedical sciences at New York Institute of Technology and the recipient of the GSBS Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2013. Gerdes graduated from the GSBS in 1978.

Stroke certification 

UTMB was recently awarded certification by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. Launched in December 2003, the program was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute-care hospitals. 

Summer clinics 

The Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy departments at the UTMB School of Health Professions will hold two, weeklong clinics this summer providing free therapy for people with neurological disease and injury, including but not limited to stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The clinics take place the weeks of June 24-28 and July 8-12 at the School of Health Professions, 1114 Mechanic Street. For information and to register contact Jill Seale at 409-772-3068. 

Plastic surgery series 

Dr. Linda G. Phillips will present “Get ready for bathing suit season,” a lunchtime discussion of tummy tucks and liposuction, from noon to 1 p.m. May 7 at the UTMB Specialty Care Center at Victory Lakes, 2240 Gulf Freeway South, League City. For information, call 832-505-1800.

Transplant support 

The Texas Transplant Center support group meets 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 7 at the Multispecialty Center at Victory Lakes Town Center, 2660 Gulf Freeway South. The group is open to all pre- and post-transplant patients. For information, go to utmbhealth.com

Imaging seminar

Friday is the deadline to register for the 18th annual Medical Imaging Seminar at UTMB. Organized by the department of radiology, the all-day event begins at 8 a.m. on May 18 in Levin Hall at 10th and Market streets. For information, contact Ma’Lisa Thomas at mallthom@utmb.edu or 409-772-2434. To view the seminar, go to www.radiology.utmb.edu/seminar

Inside UTMB is compiled by the communications  department at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

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