UTMB announces plans to lease Bay Area Regional Medical Center

August 15th, 2018

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has signed a letter of intent to complete negotiations regarding a long-term lease of the recently vacated Bay Area Regional Medical Center in Webster.

The Bay Area facility at the corner of Highway 3 and Blossom opened in 2014 but was shuttered in May, throwing several hundred employees out of work. The UT System Board of Regents approved UTMB proposed plans Thursday with financing to be managed through operational funds.

“This is a unique opportunity for UTMB Health to advance our mission of education, research and patient care,” said Dr. David L. Callender, president of the university.

“The Webster location will complement our existing facilities on our League City Campus and in surrounding areas, as well as our future plans for education and research activities in the Bay Area. Together, these facilities will enable us to broaden our efforts to serve a rapidly growing region, while supporting our academic work to define the future of health care.”

When a lease is final, UTMB will work with UTMB faculty and program leaders, as well as existing physicians in the Bay Area, to determine how best to use the property, he explained.  Once final agreements have been signed, an opening date will be determined, he added.

UTMB is continuing with plans to add 60 beds to its existing 37-bed League City Hospital, which currently includes an emergency room, mother-baby unit with Level II infant special care capability, and medical/surgical services for adults. Numerous UTMB specialty services also are available on the university’s League City Campus and nearby facilities.

In 2016, UTMB dedicated the 250-bed Jennie Sealy Hospital in Galveston and work is continuing to modernize the nearby John Sealy Hospital. In addition, UTMB has a hospital at its Angleton Danbury Campus in Brazoria County, as well as numerous clinics throughout the Greater Houston/Galveston area. The clinical facilities support the university’s education and research activities.


Bay Area Regional Medical Center Goes Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness

October 6th, 2016


Bay Area Regional Medical Center has changed the night time lights to pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness in October.

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancer. About one in eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

Bay Area Regional’s Women’s Imaging Center provides some of the latest 3D technology in the market. Digital breast tomosynthesis (tomo), also known as 3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool that improves the early detection of breast cancer.

According to Valerie Boren, RTRM, mammography technologist explains the difference between 2D and 3D mammography is like a loaf of bread. “When you use 2D mammography, it’s like compressing a loaf of bread to try to find a sesame seed in the middle.”

“We compress in two views with 2D and the image is as it is captured. You may or may not see the sesame seed in those two views; however with 3D, you are looking at the tissue, or bread loaf, slice by slice. Finding the sesame seed is easier because you are able to look deeper into the loaf or breast tissue,” said Boren.

The Women’s Imaging Center offers both 2D and 3D mammography and is located at 250 Blossom Street, suite 160. A doctor’s order is not required for a screening mammogram. To schedule an appointment call 281-525-7950.

“At Bay Area Regional Medical Center, our goal is to provide exceptional care while making a difference in people’s lives,” said Tim Schmidt, CEO of Bay Area Regional. “We will continue to meet the needs of the Houston Bay Area community by providing quality mammography services with a caring staff and spa-like atmosphere.”

Along with screening and diagnostic mammography services, The Women’s Imaging Center provides bone density screenings and breast ultrasound.

About Bay Area Regional Medical Center

Bay Area Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality medical care while making a difference in people’s lives. A beautiful and modern healing environment, Bay Area Regional provides exceptional care, delivered with the latest and safest medical technologies. The hospital first opened its doors in July 2014 with 104 beds and is currently under construction to double the capacity, including expansion of the emergency room, operating room and cardiac catheterization lab, as well as a Women’s Center and NICU. With over 400 physicians on the medical staff, Bay Area Regional offers services such as heart and vascular care, orthopedics, neurosurgery, bariatrics, radiology, general surgery, physical and occupational therapy, sports medicine, pain management and more. For more information about Bay Area Regional Medical Center or to find a physician, visit www.BARMC.us.

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