The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is the first hospital in Texas to receive the Get With The Guidelines — Resuscitation Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award signifies that UTMB has reached an aggressive goal in using guidelines-based care to improve patient outcomes from in-hospital cardiac arrest.

The AHA program aims to help hospital teams save more lives threatened by cardiopulmonary emergencies. Participating hospitals follow the most up-to-date scientific guidelines for treating patients who suffer a cardiac arrest in the hospital.

“Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival,” said Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, chairman of the program’s national steering committee and professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “UTMB’s commitment to Get With The Guidelines — Resuscitation puts our quality improvement interventions and strategies into the workflow of care for their patients who experience cardiac arrest.”

UTMB’s chief nursing and patient care services officer David Marshall said he was very proud to accept the prestigious award. “We are dedicated to helping our patients have the best possible outcomes,” he said. "Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines — Resuscitation program makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work.”

Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.