For the second year in a row, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has received the American Heart Association’s highest recognition, the Gold Quality Achievement Award, for continuing to achieve resuscitation standards set under the AHA’s Get with the Guidelines program.

Last year, UTMB was the first hospital in Texas to receive this award. The award signifies that UTMB has reached an aggressive goal in using guidelines-based care to improve outcomes for patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital.

The Get with the Guidelines — Resuscitation program was developed with the goal of saving the lives of those who experience cardiac arrests through consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely cardiopulmonary resuscitation and post-emergency care.

More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the AHA.

UTMB received the AHA’s award for meeting specific measures in treating adult and pediatric cardiac arrest patients. To qualify for the awards, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with performance measures at a set level for a designated period.

“We’re all proud of our interdisciplinary team of professionals who are so dedicated to our patients,” said Donna Sollenberger, UTMB’s executive vice president and chief executive officer. “This second Gold Quality award reaffirms that we are continually striving to provide the best possible care for our patients.”

Get with the Guidelines — Resuscitation builds on the work of the AHA’s National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation originally launched in 1999 as a database of in-hospital resuscitation events from more than 500 hospitals. Data from the registry and the quality program give participating hospitals feedback on their resuscitation practices and patient outcomes and help develop research-based guidelines for in-hospital resuscitation. For more information, visit www.heart.org/quality.