Awards and Accolades

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

May 30, 2017, 03:42 AM by Melissa Harman

GWTGL-Resuscitation GoldFor 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.

In 2015, 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.

The Get with the Guideline's® — Resuscitation program was developed with the goal of saving the 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.

More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the AHA.

UTMB received the AHA’s award for meeting specific measures in treating adult cardiac arrest patients. To qualify for the awards, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with performance measures at a set level for a designated period.