University Health System is Recognized as One of the Best Employee Learning and Development Organizations Worldwide

October 21, 2010

Awards Recognize Organizational Commitment to World-Class Employee Learning 

University Health System is ranked 4th in the world for workforce learning, according to the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), and is one of just 31 organizations worldwide to receive a 2010 ASTD BEST Award.

The BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee learning and development. According to ASTD, these companies make strong investments in learning, create safe and engaging learning environments, and use new and innovative technologies to enhance employee education.

“This recognition is about innovation and commitment across all levels of our organization,” said University Health System President/CEO George B. Hernández, Jr. “Our BEST Award recognizes every staff member who took the initiative and the time to participate in learning opportunities.”

University Health System was recognized for its Institute for Leaders, a multi-tiered leadership development program to develop current supervisors into the health system’s leaders of tomorrow. Institute programs include the Performance Leadership Academy, Management Development Academy, Directors’ Mentoring Program, and Leadership Academy for Physicians. Training initiatives provided by each program develop individuals with valuable communications and leadership skills so they can perform better in their current positions and advance in the organization.

“The ASTD BEST Awards are the training industry’s most rigorous and coveted recognition,” said

Tony Bingham, ASTD president and CEO, “These 31 organizations excel in creating innovative learning cultures that clearly align with strategic business goals. And, they continue to demonstrate their commitment to workplace learning and development even during a challenging economic climate.”

Through an online application, the 2010 BEST Awards received entries from 104 organizations in nine countries. These organizations submitted quantitative and qualitative information to ASTD about their learning and development practices and programs. Their applications were assessed in a rigorous blind review by members of the BEST Awards advisory committee, a group of experts in the learning and development field.

This is the eleventh year of the ASTD BEST Awards. More information about the 2010 ASTD BEST Award winners may be found in the October 2010 issue of T+D magazine and online:

About University Health System

University Health System, the public hospital district for Bexar County, Texas, is the lead trauma center for South Texas. In 2010, University Health System was named one of the 100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems by the American Hospital Association and Hospitals & Health Networks magazine and was included among HealthImaging Magazine’s Top 25 Most Connected Healthcare Facilities. University Health System is also the first and only healthcare organization in South Texas to achieve Magnet status by the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) and San Antonio’s only health system to be ranked as a Top 50 Hospital by U.S. News & World Report.

University Hospital, a 498-bed acute care hospital, is the primary teaching hospital for the UT Health Science Center San Antonio and the only trauma center in south Texas equipped to provide lifesaving care to seriously injured children, including severe burn injuries. University Health System also includes 16 community clinics focused on primary, specialty, preventive health services.

About ASTD

ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to the training and development field. In more than 100 countries, ASTD’s members work in organizations of all sizes, in the private and public sectors, as independent consultants, and as suppliers. Members connect locally in 130 U.S. chapters and with 30 international partners. ASTD started in 1943 and in recent years has widened the profession’s focus to align learning and performance to organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues. For more information, visit