GALVESTON, Texas – The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has again been recognized for meeting the highest standards of nursing.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center notified UTMB Wednesday that it had met the criteria of the Magnet Recognition Program that distinguishes health care organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence. This credential is the highest honor for professional nursing practice.

This is the second consecutive time UTMB has received the distinguished status from the ANCC since 2012

“I am so proud of the health care team at UTMB. Our dedicated nurses, physicians, caregivers and hospital staff collaborate every day to provide the highest level of quality and experience to those we serve,” said David Marshall, UTMB’s chief nursing and patient care services officer.

Magnet recognition signifies that UTMB nursing staff meet high standards of patient care, nursing excellence, and innovation in professional nursing practice. The coveted status is based on quality indicators and standards of nursing practice. 

UTMB is one of 468 U.S. health care organizations out of more than 6,300 to achieve Magnet recogntion.

Hospitals applying for recognition must provide an environment that empowers nurses, values their contributions and supports nursing leadership.

Donna Sollenberger, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the UTMB Health System explains what Magnet recognition means for UTMB. “Upholding the highest standards of nursing has always been a proud tradition at UTMB. Every day we hear from our patients about how our nurses make a difference in their lives, and it is this consistent delivery of high-quality care that lets our patients know that no matter where they are within our health system, they are being cared for by the very best.”

According to the ANCC, Magnet health care facilities consistently deliver better patient outcomes than non-Magnet facilities and report higher nurse retention, recruitment and job satisfaction rates.