Clinical

UTMB recognized as a 5-star Academic Health Center for Patient Care

‘Best Care’ Initiative at UTMB Leads to National Vizient Award


Vizient-HospHall
By Kurt Koopmann | September 15, 2017

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.

The accomplishment was made possible by an institution-wide program UTMB developed and implemented to deliver quality patient care at every level.

“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,” said Donna K. Sollenberger, executive vice president and chief executive officer, UTMB Health System. “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.”

The Best Care initiative at UTMB resulted in remarkable improvements in quantitative measures of quality and safety, leading to UTMB being named a Vizient award winner.

Recognizing the significance of the award Dr. David L. Callender, president of UTMB said, “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. 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.”

Twelve out of 107 academic medical centers participating in the study received the prestigious award. UTMB ranked ninth, rising from No. 76 in 2016. The academic health centers recognized, including UTMB, are:

1. Mayo Clinic-Rochester
2. NYU Langone Health
3. Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin – Froedtert 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 Hospital
8. Lehigh Valley Health Network
9. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
10. The University of Kansas Hospital
11. Nebraska Medicine
12. Oregon Health & Science University Hospital

According to Dr. Gulshan Sharma, vice president and chief medical and clinical innovation officer, UTMB has taken major steps to build a system of care that ensures patient-centered, timely, safe and effective treatments.

“Winning the quality leadership award shows that we are focused on being the best when it comes to patient safety and quality care,” said Sharma. “We are dedicated to continually improving the care we deliver to ensure our patients achieve optimal health outcomes and that they are always satisfied with their patient care experience.”

The annual Vizient study measures performance based on the Institute of Medicine’s six domains of care: safety, timeliness, effectiveness, efficiency, equity and patient centeredness.

Vizient, the largest member-driven health care performance improvement company in the country, presented the awards on Sept. 14 during the 2017 Vizient Clinical Connections Summit held in Denver.




Social Posts

profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

'Wreaths Across America' to honor Veterans https://t.co/kbEXtSmJ2x @WPTV

52 mins ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

“Beautiful scars that I couldn’t be more proud of.”That’s how Suzanne Mesa describes the chordoma-removal surgery that saved her life: https://t.co/qvSGavA8xb @AMericliMD #endcancer

2 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

French honor WWII Veteran from Burnet, Texas https://t.co/4bqAVczpdI via @BurnetBulletin

2 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

‘Twas the weeks before Christmas, when all through the hospital, the holiday spirit touched everyone, more than a little.Over the past three days, Santa and his elves have been delivering gifts to our inpatients and spreading holiday cheer. #endcancer https://t.co/ATHQ1WMkqM

2 hours ago
profile_image

BCMHouston

@bcmhouston

If you missed Dr. @PeterHotez on @TexasMonthly's National Podcast of Texas earlier this week, be sure to check out the recap. https://t.co/aPVxHsEBFF #vaccines

2 hours ago
profile_image

Veterans Affairs

@DeptVetAffairs

Orlando Job Fair focuses on hiring Veterans https://t.co/rAYWjiQ5rw via @wmfeorlando

3 hours ago
profile_image

University of Houston

@UHouston

RT @UHpres: Youngest to graduate is 18 year old and oldest 72...you can follow your dream at UH at any age!

5 hours ago
profile_image

University of Houston

@UHouston

@HunnyB_2 don't drink and drive ☝️

5 hours ago
profile_image

MD Anderson Cancer Center

@MDAndersonNews

@davidfpenn @mdahpbaloia We're glad to hear that, David. We're sending good vibes your way.

5 hours ago
profile_image

BCMHouston

@bcmhouston

RT @BCMHouston_News: .@bcmhouston @BCMEmergencyMed toxicologist Dr. Spencer Greene discusses the dangerous ways a prescribed stimulant can…

5 hours ago
profile_image

Houston Methodist

@MethodistHosp

Overweight women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer have a higher risk of it recurring. A team of Houston Methodist researchers developed an app to help women stick with a healthy eating & exercise plan https://t.co/O4sPH08UxF

5 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

UTHealth offers tips on how to stay healthy and stress free during holiday season: https://t.co/PeuaDf07pQ

5 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

RT @McGovernMed: Dr. Bryant Boutwell reads from his latest biography: I'm Dr. Red Duke https://t.co/hbkiRsWPRG

5 hours ago
profile_image

UTHealth

@UTHealth

RT @UTPhysicians: Please join us in congratulating Dr. Eyal Porat, cardiovascular surgeon, for receiving the Physician of the Year award at…

5 hours ago
profile_image

CHI St. Luke's Health

@CHI_StLukes

RT @OPreventzaMD: Micaela,Thank you for allowing me to be part of your journey ! The Heart of Micaela's Fondest Wish https://t.co/lFYWiyIWS…

6 hours ago