Texas Medical Center News, Jan. 15, 2014
UTMB recently became the first hospital in Texas to receive the Get with the Guidelines – Resuscitation Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes UTMB for reaching an aggressive goal in using guidelines-based care to improve the outcomes of patients who suffer a cardiac arrest in the hospital. More than 18,800 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year, according to the American Heart Association.

The Department of Family Medicine at UTMB has received the highest level of certification for its patient-centered efforts from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. All three UTMB Family Medicine Clinics — Island East Family Medicine, Island West Family Medicine and Dickinson Family Medicine — are now National Committee for Quality Assurance Level 3 Certified Patient-Centered Family Medical Homes.

John Sealy Hospital’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit at UTMB has received the American Association of Critical Care Nurses’ gold-level Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence. The award honors units that achieve excellence in critical care based on structure, quality outcomes and professional nursing environment.

Dr. Brent Masel, clinical professor at UTMB, has received the 2013 Sheldon Berrol, M.D. Clinical Service Award from the Brain Injury Association of America. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of care and professional training and education in the field of brain injury. AT UTMB, Masel heads the Transitional Learning Center, a post-acute brain injury rehabilitation and research facility. In this role, he has been instrumental in changing perceptions in the medical community through initiatives to treat brain injury as a chronic disease, not simply as a traumatic event. Nationally, Masel is medical director for the Brain Injury Association of America.

Todd Leach has been promoted to vice president and chief information officer at UTMB, overseeing more than 300 employees and a budget of approximately $100 million.

Dr. Virginia Rauth, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UTMB, has been elected president of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The organization serves as an advocate for the physicians of Texas and for women’s health care issues with the state and its agencies.