Stockings for soldiers

UTMB’s Military Medical Students Association is contributing to the Landstuhl Hospital Care Project, a nonprofit organization that provides comfort and relief items for military members who become sick, injured or wounded from service in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. Donated items are distributed to patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, to field hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq and to VA facilities throughout the United States. A collection box with the list of needed items is in the lobby area of John Sealy Hospital through Dec. 14. Go to for more information.  

Holiday gift drive for babies and teens 

The UTMB Department of Pediatrics’ annual gift drive is under way through Dec. 12, with a focus on babies ages 0-2 and teens 13-18. The department also is accepting donations for patients and families in the Children’s Hospital and Maternal-Child HIV Program. Suggestions for babies include rattles, teething toys, onesies, blankets and baby books. As for teens, there are gift cards, board/party games, books, photo holders and ear phones. Donations may be dropped off at Research Building 6, room 3.300.  

Geriatric care packages 

In the spirit of the holidays, donation boxes to collect items for underprivileged elderly will be placed by the elevators on the fifth and sixth floors of Rebecca Sealy, the Ace Unit in John Sealy Hospital, the geriatric clinic at the Primary Care Pavilion and the Multispecialty Center and Stark Diabetes Clinic in League City through Monday, Dec. 17. Suggested donations include nonperishable food items, socks, blankets, books, cards, hand sanitizer, puzzles and candy.  

Winter blood drive

The need for blood doesn’t stop during the holidays. The winter blood drive takes place 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 7, 27 and 28 in the Blood Center, room 5.212 of the John Sealy Annex. For more information or to make an appointment, call 409-772-4861. 

History of Medicine 

The Moody Medical Library at UTMB offers the Truman G. Blocker Jr. History of Medicine fellowship each year for research that draws on the extensive resources of the library, including its important collection of rare books printed before 1500. Applicants should submit the objectives of the research project and historical materials to be used in two pages, a project budget, curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation by Dec. 15. to Robert O. Marlin IV, archivist of the Truman G. Blocker Jr. History of Medicine Collections. 

It’s official 

UTMB held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the reopening of the Primary Care Pavilion at 400 Harborside Drive. The Pavilion is now home for a wide range of clinics, including allergy, employee health, family medicine, general medicine, geriatrics, Harborside Medical Group, Island Pediatrics East, orthopedics, physical and occupational therapy, psychiatry and behavioral sciences, pulmonary rehabilitation, radiology/imaging, rheumatology and Stark Diabetes.

More progress 

Another celebration of progress was held this week with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the Student Testing Center. The state-of-the-art center is located in the area that was the lobby of the Children’s Hospital before Hurricane Ike and is on the ground floor of what is now Research Building 6.  

Inside UTMB

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

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