A day after dedicating a new facility for linkurl:pathogen research,;http://www.the-scientist.com/blog/display/55166/ the University of Texas-Galveston Medical Branch in Galveston announced yesterday (November 13) it will lay off roughly one-third of its workforce because of financial woes caused by damage from Hurricane Ike, which hit the region in September. The majority of the 3,800 employees expected to be let go by mid-January will be hospital employees, not researchers, according to Matt Flores, a spokesman for the University of Texas System told The Scientist. The Medical Branch owns and operates six hospitals in Galveston, as well as clinical and biomedical research facilities. Hurricane Ike ripped through Texas on September 13, killing at least 37 and causing $710 million dollars worth of damage to the medical facilities, only $100 million of which is insured. The hurricane exacerbated the economic problems already facing the hospital, which serves a large percentage of under- and uninsured...
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