TIMELINE

Early Beginnings

John Sealy was born in Pennsylvania; and in 1846 having heard stories of the new State of Texas, he ...
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1881

Texas voters decide to locate the future University of Texas Medical Department in Galveston, the la...
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1884

John Sealy dies in 1884 and in his will leaves $50,000 for a charitable purpose in Galveston to be d...
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1890-1922

For 32 years after the construction of the hospital, and before the creation of the Foundation, the ...
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1922

The children of Rebecca and John Sealy, John Sealy (II) and Jennie Sealy Smith, joined by her husban...
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1926

John (II) dies on February 19th, 1926. He has no children and the majority of his estate passes t...
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1930

On July 12th, 1930 R. Waverley Smith dies. After her husband’s death, Jennie Sealy Smith remains o...
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1931

The Foundation funds the construction of the Galveston Psychopathic Hospital. Read more

1932

Rebecca Sealy Nurses Residence is constructed. Read more

1937

The Foundation assists in funding the State Hospital for Crippled and Deformed Children which later ...
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1937

A new replacement hospital for African Americans is constructed with large contributions from the Foundation, to replace the first m...
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1938

On October 12, 1938, Jennie Sealy dies, without any children, the majority of her estate passes to t...
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1949-1953

The 2nd John Sealy Hospital is constructed with a majority of the funds given by the Foundation. Read more

1954

R. Waverley Smith Pavilion is completed in memory of Jennie Sealy Smith’s husband, which expanded ...
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1955

Land adjoining UTMB Campus is donated by the Foundation for future hospital expansion. Read more

1962

The original John Sealy Hospital is demolished after over 80 years of service to the people of Galveston. Read more

1963

John W. McCullough Outpatient Clinic is constructed which was named for a Foundation Board President. Read more

1967

Four blocks of land adjoining campus are acquired by the Foundation for health, fitness, wellness...
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1968

Jennie Sealy Hospital is completed providing for private patient health care.  The building is fund...
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1978

John Sealy Towers are completed adjacent to the 1953 John Sealy Hospital, entirely funded by the Foundation. Read more

1983

The Ambulatory Care Center’s construction is provided by Foundation funds. Read more

1986

The John Sealy Memorial Biomedical Fund is established by the Foundation for biomedical research.  ...
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1987

The Foundation provides funds toward the construction of the Medical Research Building. Read more

1989

Initial funding for the construction of the Ronald McDonald House is provided by the Foundation. Read more

1991

The Foundation purchases the former Lipton Tea Building on Harborside Drive for UTMB's... Read more

1992

A new Emergency Room is fully funded by the Foundation, becoming one of only three Level 1 Trauma Ce...
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1992

A Level One Trauma Center is fully funded by the Foundation, becoming one of only three Level 1 Trauma... Read more

1995

The Sealy Center for Structural Biology and the Sealy center for Cancer Cell Biology are established. Read more

1996

The Foundation purchases St. Mary’s Hospital, adjoining UTMB Campus, rechristened the Rebecca Sealy Hospital. Read more

1996

The Foundation purchases the Port Holiday Mall on Harborside Drive, and provides funds for the construction...
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1996

The Foundation provides the funds to create UTMB’s Sealy Center on Aging. Read more

1996

The Foundation purchases and remodels the bank building at 700 University Boulevard to create...
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1998

The Foundation funds the construction of a Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory, which is the first such BSL...
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2000

The Foundation purchases two robotic surgery units.  These units were the first of such used in Sou...
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2004

A grant is given by the Foundation to fund Teen Health Center, creating clinics that are located in ...
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2005

The Foundation participated in the funding for the expansion of the Ronald McDonald House. Read more

2005

Discussions begin with UTMB for a replacement of the Jennie Sealy Hospital. Read more

2006

The Foundation funds a new Multi-Organ Transplant Center. Read more

2007

The Foundation contributes to the renovation to the Truman G. Blocker Burn Unit in John Sealy Hospital. Read more

2007

A grant from the Foundation purchases much needed radiological equipment, including a linear acceler...
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2008

On September 8th 2008, much of Galveston and UTMB are devastated by Hurricane Ike.  The Foundation...
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2009

Together with UTMB the Foundation lobbies the Texas Legislature to help rebuild the campus...
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2010

The Foundation grants $170 million toward the construction of a new Jennie Sealy Hospital...
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2013

Surgical Pathology, Autopsy, and Mole Cytogen Laboratories and offices are constructed with a $10 mi...
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2015

The Foundation provides the buildout for the first two floors of its building at 2200 Market Street for ...
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2015

The interior and exterior renovations of John Sealy Hospital is provided by a grant of $75 million b...
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2016

Jennie Sealy Hospital opens on April 9th, 2016.  The facility boasts 310 patient rooms, including 6...
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2016

The Foundation grants funds to combine the Otolaryngology and UTMB Eye Clinic creating a single facility...
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2016

The Sealy and Smith Foundation is awarded the Santa Rita Award, the highest honor of the University ...
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