In the past two weeks, the University of Texas Medical Branch has achieved recognition for nursing excellence and for meeting rigorous standards for quality and safety. Recognition in both quality and nursing brings national distinction to the medical branch and underscores its tremendous value to the communities we serve.

The medical branch was one of 12 academic health systems in the nation — and the only one in Texas — to receive the prestigious 2017 Vizient Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award. This award recognizes the university for delivering outstanding quality and safety as measured by the Vizient Quality and Accountability Study, a study that has been conducted annually since 2005.

The medical branch is in excellent company. Twelve out of 107 academic health centers participating in the 2017 study were recognized as five-star hospitals, including our university:

1. Mayo Clinic — Rochester

2. NYU Langone Health

3. Froedert and the Medical College of Wisconsin — Froedert Hospital

4. Rush University Medical Center

5. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

6. University of Utah Health

7. UC Health — University of Colorado

8. Lehigh Valley Health Network

9. University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

10. The University of Kansas Hospital

11. Nebraska Medicine

12. Oregon Health & Science University

One week later, the medical branch learned it had once again earned status as a magnet-recognized organization by meeting the rigorous criteria of the Magnet Recognition Program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet recognition is the highest honor granted for excellence in nursing practice and goes only to those organizations that demonstrate the utmost standards of patient care, nursing excellence and innovation in the professional practice of nursing. Only 468 health care organizations out of more than 6,300 are recognized under the magnet program. This is the second consecutive time since 2012 that UTMB Health has received this distinguished status from the ANCC.

Awards like these are rare. In both cases, the recognition is a testament to the incredible talent, strong commitment, intense effort and exceptional performance of our physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and staff. Their focus on and attention to improving quality and safety for our patients are the reasons the medical branch has been recognized by these national organizations. But more importantly, they are the reasons our university is able to continue defining the future of health care.

Our faculty and staff are proud to serve Galveston County and the great state of Texas. They are passionate about our mission to improve the health of others. Every member of the medical branch’s leadership is proud to work with them as they work together to deliver the best care possible to every patient, every time.

Donna Sollenberger is executive vice president and CEO of the UTMB Health System.


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Mike Box

Congratulations! In the past few years there has been noticeable improvement in the patient experience at the clinics. I had surgery at the new hospital and it was also a great experience.

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