A holiday blood drive is underway through Jan. 10. Donors may give blood in Galveston from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, in Room 5.212 of John Sealy Annex.

Donations also will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the UTMB Multispecialty Center at Victory Lakes Town Center, 2660 Gulf Freeway S., Suite 4, in League City.

Visit www.utmb.edu/bb or call 409-772-4861.

Holiday season closures

In celebration of the holidays, UTMB schools, business areas, administrative offices and most clinics will close New Year’s Day.

John Sealy Hospital and the Trauma Center never close.

All urgent care clinics will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

All UTMB departments will reopen Thursday.

Visit www.utmbhealth.com or call 409-772-2222.

Recycle your Christmas tree

Galveston’s 20th annual Christmas Tree Recycling Drive will run through Jan. 20.

All live evergreen trees, including flocked trees, along with wood stands, will be accepted.

All tinsel, lights, decorations and plastic or metal stands must be removed for recycling.

UTMB and the city of Galveston will convert the trees to mulch for use throughout the year.

Drop-off sites are located at the open-top trash bin at Lindale Park off Marine Street and the Galveston Eco-Center, 702 61st Street — closed Wednesday.

Call Ken Steblein at 409- 747-2959.

Sleep Center accreditation

The UTMB Center for Sleep Disorders recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

The Center is an important resource to the local medical community and provides academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.

To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM.

The UTMB Center for Sleep Disorders is directed by Dr. Shahzad Jokhio.

1115 Waiver enters third year

In December 2011, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved Texas’ request for a new Medicaid demonstration waiver, better known as the “1115 Waiver” in accordance with Section 1115 of the Social Security Act.

UTMB, which anchors the state’s Region 2, recently submitted its first report to the Health and Human Services Commission.

The report allows all 20 anchors in the state to share regional activities and highlight progress to date.

National center for training

The National Biocontainment Training Center at the Galveston National Laboratory hosted an engineer and scientist from the Institute of Medical Biology in Kunming, China. Dr. Longding Liu and Qing Dai traveled to the GNL in December to review practices in place as a part of a two-week NBTC biocontainment engineering fellowship.

They worked alongside GNL biocontainment engineer Miguel Grimaldo to review various aspects of facility operation and management before returning home to their new biocontainment laboratory under construction at the institute in Kunming.

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

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