Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 05/24/06 Try to pencil in some time Thursday evening to hear a discussion about the financial health of the county’s largest employer, UTMB. In the past few years, the Legislature has cut funding for some programs. The medical branch had trouble obtaining adequate reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid. At the same time, university officials have made long-range commitments to ensure the institution’s future. To take advantage of these opportunities, though, the medical branch will have to be financially healthy. For several weeks, Navigant has been looking at ways to improve the institution’s operating margin. Since the consultants arrived, some people have expressed concerns about cutting jobs. That’s obviously a concern. But so is the long-range health of the medical branch.