Awards and Honors

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Why Quality Matters

UTMB Health is dedicated to providing a world-class patient experience for our patients by delivering the most advanced care and providing the highest level of safety in our hospitals and clinics so patients can have the best possible outcomes.

Quality of care rankings and awards help patients make informed decisions on which health care providers deliver the highest quality of care in a safe environment.  While recognition for our ongoing efforts to deliver the best care is nice, the true value of quality of care rankings and awards is helping patients decide with confidence where to seek care.

 

What UTMB’s commitment to safety and quality of care means for our patients:

Best Care

Delivering the right care, at the right time, in the right way, for the right person – and have the best possible results – every patient, every time.

Patient Safety

Avoiding complications and adverse events, like bed sores, blood infections or clots, and surgical infections, following surgeries, procedures and childbirth.

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Patient Outcomes

Lower readmission rates, average length of hospital stay, frequency of complications, and mortality rates.

Comprehensive Care

Providing the complete spectrum of care with treatments by leading specialists.

Better Access

An integrated system of care with primary and specialty clinic locations and hospitals close to where you live, work and play.

  • DNV-GL Certified Comprehensive Stroke

    UTMB receives comprehensive stroke center certification

    May 14, 2018, 16:03 PM by Melissa Harman
    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.”
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  • Magnet Recognition

    UTMB again achieves Magnet recognition

    September 21, 2017, 12:16 PM by Melissa Harman
    UTMB has again been recognized for meeting the highest standards of nursing. The American Nurses Credentialing Center notified UTMB 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.
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    UTMB Health Breast Imaging designated a "Center of Excellence"

    September 18, 2017, 10:00 AM by David Bethea
    The hard work and dedication of the breast imaging team has resulted in national recognition. The program has been designated a “Center of Excellence” by the American College of Radiology. UTMB was one of the initial two programs in the Houston area to receive this prestigious honor, and one of the first in Texas to receive the designation.
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  • 2018 logo for Vizient Award

    UTMB earns second consecutive national award for quality patient care

    October 5, 2018, 08:20 AM by David Bethea
    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.
  • 2018 Adult Resuscitation Gold

    UTMB receives AHA's Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Gold Award for Treatment of Adult Patients

    July 27, 2018, 15:36 PM by Teresa Phillips
    For the fourth year in a row, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Gold Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of adult patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital.
  • 2018 Pediatric Resuscitation Silver

    UTMB receives AHA's Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Silver Award for Treatment of Pediatric Patients

    July 27, 2018, 15:29 PM by Teresa Phillips
    The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Silver Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of pediatric patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital.
  • Stroke Gold Plus Badge

    Stroke program continues success

    July 25, 2018, 16:04 PM by Teresa Phillips
    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.
  • NAP-BC

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

    May 21, 2018, 10:00 AM by Melissa Harman
    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

    May 14, 2018, 16:03 PM by Melissa Harman
    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.”
  • NICU-baby

    UTMB neonatal intensive care unit attains Level IV distinguished accreditation

    May 7, 2018, 12:00 PM by David Bethea
    The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has achieved a Level IV designation, the highest ranking, from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
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    UTMB Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Receives AACVPR Certification

    November 10, 2017, 09:30 AM by Melissa Harman
    UTMB is proud to announce the re-certification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). The Cardiac Rehabilitation program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care. Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems and pulmonary problems recover faster and improve their quality of life.
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    UTMB Health Breast Imaging designated a "Center of Excellence"

    September 18, 2017, 10:00 AM by David Bethea
    The hard work and dedication of the breast imaging team has resulted in national recognition. The program has been designated a “Center of Excellence” by the American College of Radiology. UTMB was one of the initial two programs in the Houston area to receive this prestigious honor, and one of the first in Texas to receive the designation.
  • Vizient

    UTMB recognized as a 5-star academic health center for patient care

    September 15, 2017, 00:09 AM by Melissa Harman
    The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has earned a prestigious national award for superior quality and care provided to patients. Earning five stars, the university is among a small number of academic medical centers nationwide to receive the 2017 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. The award recognizes UTMB for demonstrating superior quality and safety performance as measured by the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study.
  • American College of Surgeons Verified Trauma Center

    UTMB re-certified as a Level I Trauma Center

    June 21, 2017, 13:28 PM by Melissa Harman
    UTMB has been recertified as a Level I Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes UTMB’s dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients.
  • The Joint Commission

    UTMB receives Advanced Center of Excellence in COPD designation

    April 24, 2017, 16:01 PM by Michael Cooper
    UTMB has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for its chronic obstructive pulmonary disease program by demonstrating continuous compliance with national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. UTMB received the commission’s seal after enduring a rigorous on-site review earlier this month.
  • NCQA-PCMH1

    UTMB Family Medicine receives highest level of national certification in patient-centered care

    December 17, 2016, 06:40 AM by Melissa Harman
    The UTMB Health Department of Family Medicine is pleased to share that its three departmental practices—Family Medicine Clinic - Dickinson, Family Medicine Clinic - Island East, and Family Medicine Clinic - Island West—have received renewed recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Homes with an average scoring of 97 out of 100.
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    UTMB Community-Based Clinics earn highest level of national recognition for patient-centered care

    March 12, 2015, 16:01 PM by Michael Cooper
    Five University of Texas Medical Branch primary care clinics were recently recognized for having the highest level of patient-centered care. The National Committee for Quality Assurance gave them Level Three Patient-Centered Medical Home certification — its highest level of achievement. The UTMB Community-Based Clinics provide the most common outpatient services, including health and wellness visits, with the goal of making access to care easier for community residents.
  • American Burn Association

    UTMB's Blocker Burn Unit Re-verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma

    October 15, 2014, 13:15 PM by Melissa Harman
    American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma re-verified UTMB’s Blocker Burn Unit for its commitment to providing quality burn care to its patients. UTMB’s Blocker Burn Unit specializes in the treatment of thermal, chemical and radiation burns, as well as research related to burns, trauma, sepsis and tissue repair.
  • NAEC

    UTMB recognized as a Level 3 Epilepsy Monitoring Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers

    September 15, 2014, 13:15 PM by Melissa Harman
    UTMB was recognized as a Level 3 Epilepsy Monitoring Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, in validation of its commitment to improving the lives of patients with epilepsy. “This achievement is a testament to UTMB’s dedicated epilepsy care team and underscores our ability to provide comprehensive care to complex cases of epilepsy,” said Dr. Anish Bhardwaj, chair of Neurology at UTMB.
  • Grade A for safety

    UTMB scores another A for safety and quality

    April 24, 2018, 15:48 PM by Eduardo Valdes
    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.
  • D'Feet Breast Health Clinic Team

    D'Feet 2017 Breast Cancer Walk at Moody Gardens

    December 14, 2017, 15:57 PM by Melissa Harman
    The UTMB Health Breast Health clinic team participated in the 2017 D'Feet Breast Cancer Walk at Moody Gardens on Oct. 21. Click to see pics of the team!
  • Leapfrog 2017

    UTMB scores an A for safety and quality

    October 31, 2017, 13:17 PM by Melissa Harman
    UTMB Health's health care system has received an 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.
  • GWTGL Stroke SilverPlus

    Stroke program continued recognition

    May 30, 2017, 13:12 PM by Melissa Harman
    The stroke program at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston campus has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's “Get with the Guidelines” Stroke Silver Plus Achievement Award. The award recognizes this hospital for its continued success in using the Get with the Guidelines — Stroke and Target: Stroke program.
  • GWTGL - Resuscitation Gold

    For the third year in a row, UTMB earns highest recognition from American Heart Association

    May 30, 2017, 03:42 AM by Melissa Harman
    For the third year in a row, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke 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.
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    Stroke success

    August 23, 2015, 16:25 PM by Melissa Harman
    The stroke programs at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston campus and the medical branch’s Angleton Danbury campus have received the American Heart Association’s “Get with the Guidelines” Bronze Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes hospitals that have demonstrated at least 85 percent compliance in each of the seven Get with the Guidelines — Stroke Achievement Measures for 90 consecutive days.
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    UTMB Health Physicians honored as 2015 Super Doctors

    August 20, 2015, 16:26 PM by Melissa Harman
    Congratulations to the more than 40 UTMB Health physicians across a wide range of specialties honored as 2015 “SUPER DOCTORS” and featured in Texas Monthly. Whether educating tomorrow’s health work force, conducting groundbreaking biomedical research or providing excellent patient care, physicians at the University of Texas Medical Branch demonstrate an unwavering commitment to improving the health of Texas.
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    UTMB earns highest recognition from American Heart Association

    March 26, 2015, 16:01 PM by Michael Cooper
    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.
  • SuperDocs

    44 UTMB Physicians honored as 2014 Super Doctors

    November 23, 2014, 16:37 PM by Melissa Harman
    Congratulations to every one of our doctors honored as a 2014 Texas Super Doctor®. Whether providing excellent patient care, conducting biomedical research or educating tomorrow’s physicians and care givers, each demonstrates an unwavering commitment to improving the health of Texas. Super Doctors identifies top doctors as selected by their peers and independent research. The list is published online and also in the December edition of Texas Monthly.
  • GoodSamaritanFoundation

    UTMB nurses recognized for excellence with gold and silver medals

    July 10, 2014, 16:41 PM by Melissa Harman
    The Good Samaritan Foundation each year honors Excellence in Nursing in six categories, awarding gold and silver medals to the profession’s “best and brightest.” This year, nursing professionals at UTMB were recognized with two gold medals and one silver.
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    ER Nurse Named Among Top 10 Area Nurses by the Houston Chronicle

    May 10, 2014, 16:43 PM by Melissa Harman
    Nominations for this year's Salute to Nurses awards came from medical professionals from specialty clinics to community health care centers, from suburban facilities to the internationally recognized Texas Medical Center and from numerous schools and hospitals in the greater Houston area. The May 8 event luncheon, which took place at the Crowne Plaza, honored the Top 100 Nurses selected by a panel of educators and leaders in the field. Five UTMB nurses were recognized this year: Barbara Bonificio, Gary Eubank, Jessica Peck, Sharon Bourg and Souby George.
  • Texas Hospital Association

    UTMB awarded for reducing sepsis infections

    February 14, 2014, 16:49 PM by Melissa Harman
    The Texas Hospital Association recognized UTMB as the 2013 recipient of the Bill Aston Award for Quality in the academic institution or large teaching hospital/ health system category in recognition of its improvement of sepsis mortality with early identification and treatment. The award was presented Feb. 13 at the THA 2014 Annual Conference and Expo in San Antonio. “Texas hospitals are at the leading edge of a changing health care system. Our leaders are enhancing outcomes and improving quality with innovative efforts and investments,” said Ted Shaw, THA president and chief executive officer. “We are proud to recognize the impact leaders at UTMB at Galveston have made to improve practices as well as the lives of the patients they serve.”
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    UTMB Level 1 trauma center status renewed

    February 6, 2014, 13:15 PM by Melissa Harman
  • AASM

    UTMB Center for Sleep Disorders in Galveston Receives Program Accreditation

    December 18, 2013, 16:53 PM by Melissa Harman
    UTMB's Center for Sleep Disorders has received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). “The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates UTMB Center for Sleep Disorders on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. M. Safwan Badr, AASM president. “UTMB Center for Sleep Disorders is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”
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    American Association of Critical-Care Nurses recognizes Surgical Intensive Care Unit at UTMB with gold Beacon Award for Excellence

    December 11, 2013, 17:05 PM by Melissa Harman
    The surgical intensive care unit treats the most complicated cases in health care, whether through trauma or disease; a place where lives hang in the balance, literally, on any given day. The SICU at John Sealy Hospital at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has been recognized recently for its exceptional care with a gold Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. “The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes,” said Vicki Good, AACN president. “Units that receive this national recognition serve as role models to others.”
  • Get With The Guidelines — Resuscitation Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association

    UTMB first hospital in Texas to receive American Heart Association award

    November 18, 2013, 13:14 PM by Melissa Harman
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    ACGME Approves UTMB Vascular Surgery Residency Program

    November 8, 2013, 17:06 PM by Melissa Harman
    The UTMB Vascular Surgery Residency Program has been approved by the Accreditation Council for the Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The new program will recruit candidates directly from medical schools and provide a full five years of Vascular Surgical training. Typically, medical students go through a general surgery residency and internship period that lasts five to seven years. They then move on to a subspecialty fellowship (such as vascular surgery) for two additional years. Dr. Michael Silva, chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy and director of the Texas Vascular Center, began working towards developing a five-year paradigm approximately four years ago for students who are looking to specialize in vascular surgery.
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    2013 UT System Annual Clinical Safety & Effectiveness Conference (Improving Sepsis Mortality and Increasing Physician Reporting of Patient Safety Events) - 3rd Place Winner

    October 10, 2013, 17:08 PM by Melissa Harman
    Two UTMB Clinical Safety & Effectiveness teams, a program facilitated by the Department of Quality and Healthcare Safety, tied for third place at the 2013 University of Texas System Annual Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Conference last month. The projects, “Improving Sepsis Mortality with Early Identification and Treatment” and “Increasing Physician Reporting of Patient Safety Events through a Simplified and Concise Online Reporting Tool” both proved highly effective in improving the quality of care for UTMB patients.
  • The Joint Commission

    Stroke certification by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center

    May 23, 2013, 17:10 PM by Melissa Harman
    UTMB was recently awarded certification by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. Launched in December 2003, the program was developed in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and certification is available only to stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited acute-care hospitals. This certification recognizes the best practices for stroke care.
  • TMF

    UTMB Health earns Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award for notable gains in patient care and treatment

    August 3, 2012, 11:42 AM by Melissa Harman
    TMF Health Quality Institute recently announced that UTMB Health had won a Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award by achieving gains in key clinical areas that align with national health care priorities. TMF Health Quality Institute--the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas--established the awards program in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. The award recognizes hospitals that undertake efforts to advance the quality of care in their facilities.