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The University of Texas Medical Branch has been recognized as one of the top medical centers in the country for quality and safety performance in a newly released report.

The medical branch received a five-star rating in the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, a ranking that has been released annually since 2005. The rating means the medical branch is one of a small number of hospitals to receive the Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award.

“It is an honor to see UTMB listed among other leading academic medical centers across the nation striving to provide top quality care to all patients,” said medical branch President David Callender.

“We continuously work to set new standards of health care quality and safety, and it is gratifying to see the tremendous efforts of our faculty and staff recognized in this manner.”

The annual rankings are published by Vizient, a national network of nonprofit hospitals and academic medical centers.

The medical branch was ranked No. 76 last year. This year, the medical branch was ranked No. 9.

Medical branch officials attributed the high ranking to changes made by administrators over the past year. The changes were meant to make treatments at the medical branch more patient-centered, timely, safe and effective, they said.

“We implemented an initiative, Best Care, in 2016 with the stated goal to provide the Best Care to every patient, every time, and I am proud to say this award recognizes all of our hard work,” Donna Sollenberger, the medical branch’s executive vice president and chief executive officer, said.

“We thank our dedicated faculty, trainees, nurses and staff throughout the institution for their daily efforts that are allowing UTMB to achieve excellence in patient care. We also thank our patients who have entrusted us with their care.”

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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