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. [see the list]
UTMB has received recognition and certification as a Level 3 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) underscoring our ability to provide comprehensive care to complex cases of epilepsy. Levels of epilepsy care were developed by the NAEC and are a useful tool for evaluating the appropriateness and quality of specialized epilepsy care.
A Level 3 certified center provides the basic range of medical, neuro psychological , psychosocial and treatment services needed to treat patients with refractory epilepsy. Third-level centers do not perform resective epilepsy surgery (the most common form of treatment for uncontrolled seizures), but do provide services such as noninvasive evaluations and implantation of the vagus nerve stimulator.
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. [read more]
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. [read more]
UTMB Health is the first hospital in Texas to receive the Get With The Guidelines — Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. 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 to save 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. [read more]
UTMB is proud to announce the 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 (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and respiratory symptoms) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families. [read more]
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.” [read more]
The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons has re-verified the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston as a Level 1 Trauma Center, the highest level of trauma care available. The Level 1 Trauma Center at UTMB is one of three centers for adults in the greater Houston area and is the lead trauma center for a nine-county region of Southeast Texas. [Get details]
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.” [read more]
Dec. 17, 2013 - Three years ago, the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch began a journey toward a new model of primary health care delivery known as the Patient-Centered Medical Home. In early December, after passing a rigorous battery of performance reviews, UTMB Family Medicine received the highest level of certification for its new 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 official NCQA Level-Three Certified Patient-Centered Family Medical Homes. [read more]
Dec. 11, 2013 - 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.” [read more]
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. [read more]
Nov 18, 2013 - The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is the first hospital in Texas to receive the Get With The Guidelines — Resuscitation Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award signifies that UTMB has reached an aggressive goal in using guidelines-based care to improve patient outcomes from in-hospital cardiac arrest.
The AHA program aims to help hospital teams save more lives threatened by cardiopulmonary emergencies. Participating hospitals follow the most up-to-date scientific guidelines for treating patients who suffer a cardiac arrest in the hospital. [read more]
Oct. 10, 2013 - 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. [watch the video]
Jun. 20, 2013 - The University of Texas Medical Branch is one of only four hospitals in Texas to receive the Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology designation, signifying the highest level of laparoscopic gynecological expertise. The AAGL — the world’s premier professional society dedicated to minimally invasive surgery in gynecology — has designated only 44 Centers of Excellence in the United States.
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. [read more]
Aug 14, 2012 - The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston achieved a milestone in nursing Tuesday that puts it among the nation’s elite hospitals. After a lengthy application and review process, the hospital received Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association. Only 395 hospitals in the United States have earned this recognition. UTMB joins 30 hospitals in Texas, including six in the Texas Medical Center, to achieve this elite status. [read more]
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.
Hospitals voluntarily participate in the non-competitive program and agree to focus on making improvements in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Improvement in these areas has been designated a priority for U.S. health care by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission, an independent, non-profit, standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.
For acute care hospitals such as UTMB, awards are calculated based on quality scores in 27 areas: 7 for heart attack, 4 for heart failure, 6 for pneumonia and 10 for surgical care measures.
UTMB’s improvement score, based on 12 months of data, earned a bronze medal. 167 Texas hospitals were recognized this year. For details on this quality improvement initiative, visit http://award.tmf.org/.