Hurricane-ravaged UTMB to open ER

June 10, 2009 1:04:49 PM PDT
The emergency room at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is expected to reopen Aug. 1 -- less than a year after Hurricane Ike ripped through the island's only hospital. Interim chief operating officer David Marshall said Wednesday that the emergency room will return to full service with 370 new beds and hopes to serve about 44,000 patients a year. He says the hospital plans to recruit 100 nurses by July 1.

The medical branch has struggled to rebuild since the Sept. 13 hurricane and have sought state support for the reconstruction. The hospital began admitting patients in January.

Before the storm, the hospital boasted one of the highest survival rates among Level 1 trauma centers in the nation, Marshall said.

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