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.