The University of Texas Medical Branch faculty, staff and students have contributed more than $380,000 toward the new Health Education Center as part of the Innovations in Mind Faculty and Staff Campaign. The medical branch will break ground on the center next month, and when it opens in 2019, the 160,000-square-foot facility will feature a variety of simulated classroom spaces, giving it the look and the feel of a modern, state-of-the-art hospital. The most significant addition to the medical branch’s educational infrastructure in 40 years, the center will enable the medical branch to accommodate a student body that has grown more than 40 percent over the past decade. The medical branch staff donated more than $11 million for the $438 million Jennie Sealy Hospital that opened last year.

New urgent care clinic in Angleton

The number of UTMB Urgent Care clinics continues to grow. The newest addition is the Angleton Urgent Care Clinic, 2327 E. Mulberry St., which opened March 6. Clinic hours are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The clinic is also open most holidays from noon to 8 p.m. Walk-in patients are welcome. For more information, visit or to reach the Angleton clinic directly, call 979-849-9557.

Town hall distinguished lecturer on March 29

A co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia, A. Thomas McLellan, is the featured speaker at the 2017 Town Hall Distinguished Lecturer series to be held at the medical branch in Galveston.

McLellan’s presentation, “Modern, Effective Care for Substance Use Disorders: Findings from the 2016 Surgeon General’s Facing Addiction Report,” is presented by the medical branch’s Center for Addiction Research and the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol.

McLellan, who previously was deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, also was the principal developer of the Addiction Severity Index and the Treatment Services Review, measurement instruments that characterize the multiple dimensions of substance-abusing patients and treatments. The event begins at 11 a.m. March 29 in Levin Hall, 10th and 11th streets, in Galveston.

More food options coming next month on Galveston campus

Renovations to Café on the Court in John Sealy Hospital on the Galveston campus are almost complete and expanded food services, including a Chick-fil-A and new grill and hot food offerings, are scheduled to open April 20. The cafe also has a Subway and there is an Einstein’s Bros. Bagels in Jennie Sealy Hospital.

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