UTMB Supporters Hopeful of Regents Meeting

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - City officials, lawmakers and medical branch faculty are hopeful the UT System Board of Regents will reject a $285,000 report it commissioned that recommends all patient beds be moved to the mainland from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Supporters are urging regents to instead embrace a plan, when they meet today in Austin, by state Rep. Craig Eiland, a Galveston Democrat, to restore and improve facilities on the island campus.

UTMB suffered more than $1 billion in damage when Hurricane Ike came ashore Sept. 13. Only about $100 million of that was covered by insurance.

The Galveston County Daily News reports Eiland says he believes there's a fighting chance of getting support of, if not the exact plan, at least something close to it.

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