Awards & Accolades

  • 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 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.
  • 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, conducted annually since 2005.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    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.
  • NAP-BC

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

    May 8, 2015, 16:34 PM 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. The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast.
  • The Joint Commission

    UTMB receives Advanced Center of Excellence in COPD designation

    April 23, 2015, 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.
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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.
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    UTMB Orthopedic Residency accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education

    October 31, 2014, 13:15 PM by Melissa Harman
    The UTMB Orthopedic Residency was officially accredited by the American Board of Physical Therapy Residency and Fellowship Education. This prestigious accreditation began on October 31 and will continue for five years.
  • 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.
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    UTMB earns Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services

    October 1, 2014, 13:14 PM by Melissa Harman
    UTMB has taken a giant step towards improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants. UTMB joins a growing number of Texas birth facilities that are supporting new mothers and their decision to breastfeed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    UTMB first hospital in Texas to receive Gold American Heart Association Award

    April 11, 2014, 13:15 PM by Melissa Harman
    The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston 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.
  • 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
    The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons has reverified 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.
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    UTMB Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Receives AACVPR Certification

    February 3, 2014, 16:48 PM by Melissa Harman
    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.
  • 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.”
  • NCQA-PCMH1

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

    December 13, 2013, 13:14 PM by Melissa Harman
    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.
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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
    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.
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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.
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    UTMB receives international recognition for minimally invasive gynecology

    June 20, 2013, 13:15 PM by Melissa Harman
    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.
  • 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.
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    UTMB is Magnet for nursing - Nurses rank among the best in the nation

    April 14, 2012, 13:15 PM by Melissa Harman
    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.