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|Awards & Distinctions|
University Health System is ranked second in the world for the quality and success of its workforce learning programs, according to the Association for Talent Development’s 2014 BEST Awards program, and is among 46 organizations from six countries to receive a 2014 BEST Award. University Health System competed against nearly 100 organizations from 14 countries. Every organization submitted quantitative and qualitative information about their learning and talent development practices and programs. Applications were judged in a blind review by members of the BEST Awards advisory committee, a select group of experts in the field.
“The prestigious ranking honors our employees for their initiative and commitment to learning and development,” said George B. Hernández Jr., president and CEO of University Health System. “This achievement is a reflection of the level of innovative learning that occurs across all levels of our Health System.”
U.S. News & World Report has named University Hospital best in San Antonio, No. 6 in Texas, and among the top 50 in the country for the care of patients with kidney disease in its 25th annual Best Hospitals rankings. The prestigious rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. University Health System is in elite company as one of just 3 percent of U.S. hospitals to earn a national Top 50 ranking in any specialty. The health system is also among the 13 percent of hospitals recognized as high-performing in their regions. For South Texas, University Health System is recognized for excellence in the areas of cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gynecology, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.
University Health System has again been named one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems, a list based on the Most Wired Survey by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. It is the sixth time University Health System has been included on the list. The survey is designed to measure the level of IT adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems, and is a useful tool for hospital and health system leadership to map their IT strategic plans. Most Wired hospitals lead the way in using IT to hardwire evidence-based practices to improve quality and patient safety, in converting data into action through analytics for clinical and business decision-making, and in integrating services through medical homes and health information exchanges.
GOLD LEVEL RECOGNITION THROUGH THE HEALTHY WORKPLACE RECOGNITION PROGRAM
University Health System was awarded Gold-level Recognition through the Healthy Workplace Recognition Program of the San Antonio Business Group on Health and the Mayor’s Fitness Council.
The award is given to employers for their work to improve employees’ health through their worksite wellness initiatives. Employers must demonstrate senior management support for wellness programs and a company culture that encourages health and wellness, health promotion and education, physical activity, good nutrition and smoking cessation programs, among other benefits.
University Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in providing excellent care for stroke patients by following evidence-based guidelines. To receive the award, University Hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for three or more consecutive years, and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 quality measures. These measures include clot-busting medication, anticoagulation therapy, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation — all aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.
University Health System’s new clinical building at the historic Robert B. Green Campus has been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold Certification for its environmentally friendly design and construction. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized rating system that provides third-party verification of green buildings. Those ratings are based on factors such as sustainability, water and energy efficiency, materials use and indoor air quality. The six-story clinical building, which opened in January 2013, was designed by the architectural team of RTKL and Overland Partners.
University Health System is the first and only health system in San Antonio and South Texas to earn Magnet status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
This prestigious recognition is the result of a comprehensive "Magnet Journey" that spanned more than five years. The unanimous decision of the ANCC evaluation committee was announced on February 17, 2010. University Health System is one of 360 Magnet institutions worldwide and just the 24th in Texas. It is an elite group - just six percent of the nation’s hospitals have earned this designation. Magnet is widely accepted as the "gold standard" in measuring the quality of care that healthcare consumers can expect to receive
Magnet hospitals and health systems attract the best nurses and health professionals. They also offer patients reassurance they are being cared for by a team with a proven track record for providing excellent care and positive outcomes for their patients. The recognition is also a reflection of the support the nursing staff receives in order to fulfill the health system’s mission.
The Magnet Recognition Program® was created in 1983 by the ANCC, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association and the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization. Through a complex application and review process, including an intensive three‐day onsite survey, University Health System successfully demonstrated its commitment to providing excellent care for all patients, sustaining nursing excellence and transforming the culture of a work environment.
CERTIFIED IN PALLIATIVE CARE
BEACON AWARD FOR CRITICAL CARE EXCELLENCE
There are about 6,000 intensive care units in the United States, and less than four percent of them have been recognized for achieving, maintaining and documenting these extremely high standards.
To receive the award, a unit must meet 42 different criteria in six categories, including: Patient outcome, Evidence-based practice and research, Leadership and organizational ethics, Excellence/innovation in recruitment and retention, Education, training, and mentoring and Promoting healing environments.
The Beacon also provides nursing care units a way to better measure systems, outcomes and environments.
THE 2013 BEXAR COUNTY COMMUNITY HEALTH ASSESSMENT
PLATINUM PERFORMANCE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
STROKE GOLD QUALITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
SILVER COLLABORATION AWARD
TOP 45 LEARNINGELITE AWARD
TOP 25 CONNECTED
American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer
MedAssets President's Award
University Health System was among hundreds of healthcare industry stakeholders from across the country recognized at the Summit for innovation and pioneering efforts to reduce costs, enhance operational efficiencies and improve care delivery.
South Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Center recognized as a Level 4 center
BRONZE AWARD FROM THE DONATION AND TRANSPLANTATION COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
The University Transplant Center Lung Program received a Bronze Award from the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice. This award recognizes high performing transplant programs and takes into account post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates and mortality rates of patients on the waitlist. Our center is one of just 13 lung transplant programs in the U.S. to receive this honor.
University Health System is the only healthcare organization in San Antonio to be included on U.S. News and World Report’s Most Connected Hospital list for 2011.
University Health System and the other 118 health organizations in the U.S. are recognized by U.S. News as the “best of the best” when it comes to advanced medical care and use of integrated and comprehensive electronic health records. These organizations are committed to providing the highest level of care, utilizing the latest technology to reduce the risk of drug interactions, medical errors, while improving communication and efficiency among the clinical staff.
To make the list, hospitals had to meet two challenging standards that demonstrated they were leading the transition of medicine into the era of EMR (Electronic Medical Records). Only hospitals that already had the distinction of a national ranking in the 2011-12 U.S. News Best Hospitals or Best Children's Hospitals rankings, or received a designation of high-performing in one or more medical specialties were even considered for the Most Connected Hospitals list. They must also be a Stage 6 or Stage 7 on the HIMSS Analytics EMR Adoption Model. HIMSS Analytics (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Analytics) scores hospitals' adoption of electronic medical records on a scale from Stage 0 (no use of EMR) to Stage 7 (full use). University Health System is currently at Stage 6 and waiting Stage 7 verification. Only 3.5% of all U.S. hospitals have achieved HIMSS Stage 6.
U.S. News & World Reporthas included 47 University Health System/UT Medicine San Antonio physicians in its 2011 directory of the nation’s Top Doctors, and 42 of those doctors received special recognition for outstanding work in their areas of specialty. The list, available online, is a compilation of the leading peer-nominated physicians across the country, and a total of 188 San Antonio physicians have earned this prestigious designation. The University Health System/UT Medicine San Antonio Top Doctors represent a physician’s wide range of specialties.
The goal of U.S. News’ Top Doctors list is to help guide consumers to top specialists and primary care doctors in their area. It was created in collaboration with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., publisher of America’s Top Doctors and other consumer health guides. It draws from Castle Connolly’s database of Top Doctors, all recommended for their clinical skills by other physicians and individually evaluated by a physician-led research team.
EMPLOYEE LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
University Health System is once again recognized as one of the VERY BEST learning organizations in the world. University Health System ranked 12 in the American Society for Training & Development's (ASTD) 2011 BEST Awards program, and is among just 32 organizations from India, British Columbia, Turkey, Hong Kong and the United States to be included this year. The BEST Awards recognizes organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee learning and development. The award-winning companies are deeply committed to a successful learning environment and strongly invested in learning and performance initiatives for their employees. BEST organizations have also showed that they are BEST at Building talent, Enterprise-wide, Supported by the organization's leaders, fostering a Thorough learning culture.
University Health System, recognized for three consecutive years, was honored for its leadership development programs including the Performance Leadership Academy, Management Development Academy, Directors’ Mentoring Program, and Leadership Academy for Physicians. All of the BEST winners’ training initiatives focused on increasing productivity, developing new skills, engaging with clients and customers, and taking individual responsibility for learning. This type of strong commitment to learning has helped many of the winning organizations build a culture of integrated talent management, resulting in higher workforce retention rates and support for learning at the highest levels.
University Health System has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2011. The award recognizes University Health System’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that University Health System has reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
University Health System consistently followed the treatment guidelines for 24 consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and anticoagulants in the hospital. "The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, ACTION Registry - GWTG Steering Committee Chairperson and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.
The number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population.
University Health System has received the 2012 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes University Health System’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. University Health System has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.
University Health System consistently followed the treatment guidelines for at least one year and achieved a compliance level of 85 percent or higher needed to sustain the award. “We commend University Health System for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the national Get With the Guidelines Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
TRAINING TOP 125
University Health System is among the top organizations in the world for employee learning, according to a recent study by Training Magazine. The health system, owned by the people of Bexar County, was among 125 organizations from Canada, India and the United States to receive a 2011 Top 125 Award for innovative and successful learning programs and practices. University Health System was particularly recognized for its Customer Service Institute, which was launched in 2010. Service Champions from 60 departments throughout the health system participated in the institute over a six-month period. Their training was focused on the organization’s corporate customer service behaviors and they were charged with sharing what they learned through their department staff meetings.
George B. Hernández, Jr., President/CEO of University Health System, was named one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare for 2010.
The publication’s 2010 list of its Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare was announced in its April 19, 2010 issue and the complete list of honorees is online at ModernHealthcare.com/topexecs2010.
An editorial review board at Modern Healthcare reviewed the nominations and judged the candidates on the following criteria:
• Successfully served as a leader or managed an organization
Hernández joined University Health System in 1990. He assumed the role of President/CEO in January 2005 after serving as executive vice president/assistant administrator for five years and vice president for Legal Services for 10 years.
SILVER MEDAL OF HONOR
University Health System received an Organ Donation Silver Medal of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at the 5th Annual National Learning Congress on Organ Donation and Transplantation on September 30, 2009. This is the second consecutive year for University Health System to be recognized for our efforts to increase organ donation in the hospital.
HIMSS STAGE 6 – INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
In 2008, University Health System received one of the most prestigious recognitions for information technology – HIMSS Analytics' EMR Adoption Model "Stage 6" designation. Less than one percent of all healthcare organizations in the nation have achieved this stage of integration. Level 7 is the highest, and currently no healthcare organizations have met this standard. HIMSS has recognized UHS as "a great example to our industry on transforming information technology environments to achieve a level of patient care this is only a vision in most hospitals today."
TOP EMS AIR MEDICAL PROGRAM IN TEXAS
San Antonio AirLIFE is the 2008 Texas' EMS Air Medical Service of the year. The award, presented by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) EMS division, honors the EMS air medical service that demonstrates the highest standards in providing patient care to the citizens of Texas. This was the third time for AirLIFE to be named the top air medical service in the state. The first recognition came in 1998, the first year this award was given by DSHS.
For the seventh consecutive year, University Health System's Department of Respiratory Care received the American Association of Respiratory Care Quality Respiratory Care Recognition Award. Just 15 percent of all hospitals in the nation received this prestigious award.
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