Health Blog

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

  • CAP Accredited

    UTMB's Clear Lake Campus CAP Accredited

    December 9, 2019, 12:04 PM by User Not Found

    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.

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    UTMB recognized by the American Heart Association for patient care excellence

    December 9, 2019, 11:00 AM by User Not Found

    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.

  • 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.”

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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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    2017 Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October 12, 2017, 16:12 PM by Melissa Harman

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and once again the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is hosting or participating in numerous special events and programs to encourage breast health at its breast imaging locations throughout the Bay Area. Click to see some events for the month.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    2015 Breast Cancer Awareness Month Highlights

    November 15, 2015, 13:44 PM by Melissa Harman

    October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and once again the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston hosted or participated in numerous special events and programs to encourage breast health at its breast imaging locations throughout the Bay Area. Click to see some highlights from the month.

  • Adjuvant RT extends survival in elderly TNBC patients

    September 21, 2015, 13:57 PM by Melissa Harman

    UTMB research finds that adjuvant radiation therapy after lumpectomy improves survival for elderly women with early-stage, triple negative breast cancer according to lead author Sean Szeja, radiation oncology resident, and Sandra S. Hatch, MD, faculty physician.

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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.

  • NCQA-PCMH1

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.”