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Welcome to the ongoing series of blog posts from UTMB Health focusing on key aspects of maintaining your health

Peers pick Vanaphan as Advanced Practice Provider of the Year

UTMB peers of Nancy Vanaphan, a physician assistant at the UTMB Health Angleton Danbury Campus Women’s Health Clinic, elected her as the Advanced Practice Provider of the Year. The team celebrated October 6 to mark the start of Physician Assistant Week. Vanaphan, who has been practicing medicine for seven years, has been with UTMB Health for more than two years.

Super Doctors - Texas 2020

We congratulate our physicians named as 2020 Texas Super Doctors®

Whether educating tomorrow’s health care work force, making groundbreaking research discoveries, or providing excellent patient care to the communities we serve, physicians at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) work together to improve the health of Texas.

Watson Health 100 top hosipitals

UTMB Health earns spot on best hospitals list

UTMB Health has been named to the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list. Specifically, UTMB ranked in the top 15 nationwide among major teaching hospitals on the list. IBM Watson Health recognizes hospitals of all sizes in five different categories – major teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium community hospitals and smaller community hospitals.

CAP Accredited

UTMB's Clear Lake Campus CAP Accredited

The Clear Lake Campus laboratory has earned its College of American Pathologists accreditation following a recent, initial inspection in which 860 regulatory standards were met and zero deficiencies were found—a rare accomplishment, especially for new labs. This recent success speaks to the lab team’s day-to-day attention to detail and commitment to ensuring all UTMB patients receive the best quality of care.

2019 Get with the Guidelines - Stroke

Stroke program 2019 success

UTMB was awarded with the American Heart Association's (AHA) Gold Plus Stroke and Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. The AHA Get With The Guidelines program is a continuous quality improvement program developed with the goal to save lives by measuring hospitals' adherence to secondary prevention guidelines (pharmacological and lifestyle interventions) for coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

2019 Get with the guidelines - resuscitation

UTMB recognized by the American Heart Association for patient care excellence

For the fifth year in a row, the University of Texas Medical Branch has been recognized with the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement Award. This award signifies that UTMB has reached an aggressive goal in using guidelines-based care to improve outcome for patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-resuscitation care.

2019 Vizient Award

UTMB recognized for quality care for 3rd consecutive year

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been recognized for the third consecutive year for delivering high quality patient care, receiving a 2019 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. The award recognizes top performing comprehensive academic medical centers for demonstrating superior quality and safety performance as measured by the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study.

employees holding CDC recognition for UTMB

UTMB’s Diabetes Prevention Program receives full recognition from CDC

UTMB is now the only institution in the Greater Houston Area—and 1 of only 5 in the State of Texas—to have a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) fully-recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). DPP providers like UTMB can help people with prediabetes prevent or delay type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems by offering evidence-based, affordable and high-quality lifestyle change programs.

2018 logo for Vizient Award

UTMB earns second consecutive national award for quality patient care

For the second year in a row, UTMB has earned the prestigious Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. Out of 99 academic medical centers nationwide, UTMB ranked fourth, rising from ninth place in 2017, out of 11 academic medical centers nationwide recognized for demonstrating superior quality and safety performance.

Stroke Gold Plus Badge

Stroke program continues success

UTMB’s Galveston Campus stroke program has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

National Accreditation Program for breast centers

UTMB Health earns national reaccreditation for the highest level of breast care

The three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, is given only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

DNV-GL Certified Comprehensive Stroke

UTMB receives comprehensive stroke center certification

UTMB’s Galveston Campus attains Comprehensive Stroke Center accreditation from Det Norske Veritas (DNV), validating UTMB’s commitment, expertise and readiness to care for victims of complex strokes. According to DNV, “the Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification encompasses the full spectrum of stroke care—diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education—and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes. Comprehensive stroke centers are typically the largest and best-equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke or stroke complication.”

Grade A for safety

UTMB scores another A for safety and quality

UTMB Health's health care system has received another A grade from the Leapfrog Group for its accomplishments in reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

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