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Awards and Honors

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is a major, innovative teaching hospital that has received much national recognition for its work, especially in the areas of patient safety and quality, and for being an employee- and family-friendly employer.


The leapfrong Group 2011 Top Hospital

UMMC One of Only Two "Top Hospitals" for Safety and Quality, Six Years in a Row
12/6/2011

For a sixth year in a row, the Leapfrog Group has named UMMC as one of the nation’s best hospitals for patient safety and quality of care. UMMC is one of only two hospitals nationwide to have met Leapfrog's criteria each year since 2006. The Leapfrog Group's national survey measures hospital performance in a range of areas including patient care outcomes, use of best practices and patient safety initiatives and measures of efficiency.

   
America's Best Hospitals 2010-2011

Nine UMMC Programs Make 2011 U.S. News "Best Hospitals" List
7/19/2011

UMMC's cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, geriatrics, , nephrology, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology programs are among the 50 best in the country according to the U.S. News and World Report's annual "Best Hospitals" survey.

   
National Environmental Excellence Award

UMMC Wins National Environmental Excellence Award from Practice Greenhealth
4/7/2011

Practice Greenhealth, an organization of dedicated to environmentally responsible practices at large health care facilities, awarded UMMC a "Partner for Change, with Distinction, Award." UMMC staff accepted the award in April at the annual global conference, CleanMed2011, in Phoenix, Arizona. The Medical Center has previously won the "Partner for Change Award." This year, the award comes "with distinction" - a higher level that recognizes a greater level of action and results.

   
UMMC with the Start! Fit-Friendly Company Gold Level Award

UMMC Receives Gold Award from the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Company for Third Straight Year
11/23/2010

The American Heart Association has recognized UMMC with the Start! Fit-Friendly Company Gold Level Award for the third straight year for its efforts to promote the health of its employees. The award recognizes UMMC's creating a culture of physical activity in the workplace and promoting a wellness culture by providing support to employees and implementing physical, nutritional and cultural changes.

   
Leapfrog Group Top Hospital of the Decade

UMMC Named a Top Hospital of the Decade for Patient Safety and Quality by the Leapfrog Group
12/1/2010

UMMC is one of only two U.S. hospitals named a Top Hospital of the Decade for patient safety and quality of care by the Leapfrog Group. The award recognizes the medical center's inclusion on the Leapfrog Top Hospital list every year since its inception in 2006. The Leapfrog Group's national survey is the only national, public comparison of hospitals on key issues including preventing medication errors and infections and standards for performing high-risk procedures.

   
The leapfrong Group 2010 Top Hospital

UMMC One of Only Two "Top Hospitals" for Safety and Quality, Five Years in a Row
12/1/2010

For a fifth year in a row, the Leapfrog Group has named UMMC as one of the nation’s best hospitals for patient safety and quality of care. UMMC is one of only two hospitals nationwide to have met Leapfrog's criteria each year since 2006. The Leapfrog Group's national survey measures hospital performance in a range of areas including patient care outcomes, use of best practices and patient safety initiatives and measures of efficiency.

   

 


UMMC Wins 2010 Trailblazer Award for Innovative Pharmaceutical Waste Program
11/18/2010

The University of Maryland Medical Center is the recipient of a 2010 Trailblazer Award from Maryland Hospitals for a Healthy Environment (MDH2E). The award, which was presented to the Medical Center at the MDH2E annual conference on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, recognizes the innovativeness the Medical Center's new pharmaceutical waste program.

   

UMMC's Cardiac Care Unit Earns Critical Care Nursing Excellence Award for Second Consecutive Year
11/09/2010

For the second consecutive year, the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) at the University of Maryland Medical Center has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. This award goes to intensive care nursing units that have met rigid criteria for excellence, exhibit high-quality standards and provide exceptional care to patients and their families.

   

Joslin Diabetes Center, UniversityCare Providers Receive NCQA Diabetes Recognition
8/19/2010

The primary care providers of UniversityCare and the specialists at the Joslin Diabetes Center have received the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) Diabetes Recognition, joining an elite group of physicians across the country who share this honor. The NCQA awards its Diabetes Recognition to top clinicians who have demonstrated a high level of performance in delivering care to patients with diabetes.

   
America's Best Hospitals 2010-2011

Nine UMMC Programs Make 2010 U.S. News "Best Hospitals" List
7/16/2010

UMMC's cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, geriatrics, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, orthopaedics, pulmonology and urology programs are among the 50 best in the country according to the U.S. News and World Report's annual "Best Hospitals" survey.

   

 


UMMC Wins Two Awards for Environmental Excellence from Practice Greenhealth
5/12/2010

UMMC was presented with two awards from Practice Greenhealth, a national membership organization for health care facilities committed to environmentally responsible operations. The "Partner for Change Award" was presented to the Medical Center in honor of its efforts to reduce waste, eliminate mercury and prevent pollution in a health care environment. The "Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award" was also presented to the Medical Center to recognize its mercury-free management, purchasing policies and recycling programs.

   
BMT Nurses Named Best Nursing Team

BMT Nurses Named Best Nursing Team: Receive First Place Award from ADVANCE for Nurses Magazine
5/3/2010

The Blood and Marrow Transplant team the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center has won first place for Best Nursing Team from ADVANCE for Nurses magazine. The award evaluates nursing teams for initiative, adaptability, expertise and outreach, and is given in conjunction with National Nurses Week, which is observed May 6-12. UMGCC's team is featured on the cover of the magazine's May issue.

   
UMMC's Progressive Care Unit Wins Beacon Award from AACN

UMMC's Progressive Care Unit Wins Beacon Award from AACN
May/June 2010

UMMC's Progressive Care Unit has received the prestigious Beacon Award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award recognizes the top intensive care units in the country. The PCU is the first progressive care unit in Maryland to receive this award. To receive the award, intensive care units must meet rigorous criteria for excellence, exhibiting high-quality standards and exceptional care for patients and their families while fostering and sustaining healthy work environments. The units are evaluated on 42 criteria in six categories: patient outcomes; evidence-based practice and research; leadership and organizational ethics; excellence and innovation in recruitment and retention; education, training and mentoring; and promoting healing environments.

   
Respiratory Care Earns National Recognition

UMMC's Respiratory Care Earns National Recognition
May/June 2010

UMMC has earned Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) for the fourth year in a row. The recognition is part of a national program aimed at helping patients and families make informed decisions about the quality of the respiratory care services available in hospitals throughout the nation. Only 15 percent of hospitals in the United States have been awarded this designation that ensures they provide a level of respiratory care consistent with national standards and guidelines.

   
perioperative services AORN award

UMMC's Perioperative Services Team Receives AORN's Outstanding Facility Achievement Award in Perioperative Nursing
1/22/2010

UMMC's Perioperative Services Team has been selected by the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to receive the first annual Outstanding Facility Achievement Award in Perioperative Nursing for 2010. UMMC is the first institution in the world to receive this award, which was created to recognize one institution each year for outstanding collegial achievement in exemplifying the mission of AORN.

   
UMMC Breast Center Achieves Center of Excellence Designation

UMMC Breast Center Achieves Center of Excellence Designation
January/February 2010

The University of Maryland Breast Center has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The designation is awarded to breast-imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR's voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.

   
The leapfrong Group 2008 Top Hospital

UMMC Named as One of the Nation’s Top Hospitals for Safety and Quality, Fourth Year in a Row
12/3/2009

For a fourth year in a row, the Leapfrog Group has named UMMC as one of the nation’s best hospitals for patient safety and quality of care. This prestigious recognition was awarded to only 45 hospitals nationwide. UMMC was the only hospital in Maryland to be on the 2009 Top Hospitals list, and is one of only three hospitals nationwide to have met Leapfrog's criteria each year since 2006.

   
2009 EPA Trailblazer Award Winner

UMMC Receives 2009 Trailblazer Award from the Environmental Protection Agency
11/06/2009

The Environmental Protection Agency presented the 2009 Trailblazer Award to the University of Maryland Medical Center in recognition of its establishment of a University Farmers' Market. This award is presented to hospitals in the region that have served as models and shown leadership in advancing sustainability practices in their daily operations.

   
Federal Agency Honors UMMC for Success in Organ Donation

UMMC Receives Medal of Honor for Success in Organ Donation
November/December 2009

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded UMMC a Medal of Honor for Organ Donation. The award recognizes UMMC for sustaining a level of 75 percent for organ donation, meaning that, of all patients who met the criteria for donating organs, next-of-kin agreed in 75 percent of those cases to authorize donation.

   
Fit-Friendly Company: 2009 Gold Achievement

UMMC Receives Gold Award from the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Company for Second Straight Year
9/25/2009

The American Heart Association has recognized UMMC with the Start! Fit-Friendly Company Gold Level Award for the second straight year for its efforts to promote the health of its employees. The award recognizes UMMC's creating a culture of physical activity in the workplace and promoting a wellness culture by providing support to employees and implementing physical, nutritional and cultural changes.

   
America's Best Hospitals 2009-2010

Five UMMC Programs Make 2009 "Best Hospitals" List
7/16/2009

UMMC's cancer, ear, nose and throat, kidney disease, urology and respiratory disease programs are among the 50 best in the country according to the U.S. News and World Report's annual "Best Hospitals" survey.

   
ANCC-Magnet Recognition

 

UMMC Receives Magnet Designation in Recognition of Nursing Excellence
7/13/2009

The University of Maryland Medical Center has achieved Magnet Designation in recognition of the hospital's nursing excellence. Magnet status is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to hospitals that meet specific criteria for nursing professionalism, teamwork and the highest standards in patient care. Only about 5 percent of hospitals across the United States have this prestigious designation.

   
Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence

 


UMMC's Cardiac Care Unit Receives Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence
4/7/2009

UMMC's Cardiac Care Unit has received the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The award recognizes the top intensive care units in the country. To receive the award, intensive care units must meet rigorous criteria for excellence, exhibiting high-quality standards and exceptional care for patients and their families while fostering and sustaining healthy work environments. The units are evaluated on 42 criteria in six categories: patient outcomes; evidence-based practice and research; leadership and organizational ethics; excellence and innovation in recruitment and retention; education, training and mentoring; and promoting healing environments.

   
One of Nation's Top Hospitals by Consumers

 

 

 

UMMC Named One of Nation's Top Hospitals by Consumers' Checkbook, AARP Magazine
3/26/2009

UMMC is listed among the nation's top 125 hospitals, according to a Consumers' Checkbook survey for the May/June 2009 issue of AARP Magazine. Consumers' Checkbook, a non-profit research organization, rated hospitals in the nation's 53 largest metropolitan areas to develop its list. Consumers' Checkbook uses government statistics, surveys of doctors and other forms of research to compare and rank hospitals for the quality of care they provide. Criteria for the survey include doctor recommendations, patient recommendations, whether proper tests and procedures are carried out, complications in major cases, and death rates for high-risk cases.

   
Top Hospital to Work For

UMMC Named a "Top Hospital to Work For" by Nursing Professionals Magazine
1/15/2009

UMMC was one of 100 hospitals selected as a "Top Hospital to Work For" based on a job satisfaction survey of 25,000 nurses from around the country by Nursing Professionals Magazine. Winning hospitals were recognized for giving nurses a voice in how things are done, being family-friendly employers who offer flexible work schedules and for having a diverse nursing workforce.

 

   
Top Hospital for Cardiovascular Care

 

 

 

UMMC Again Recognized Nationally as a Top Hospital for Cardiovascular Care
11/17/2008

For the second year in a row, UMMC is one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals for cardiovascular care, according to a study by Thomson Reuters, which provides healthcare research for businesses and professionals.

   
Blue Distinction

 

 

 

UMMC Only Hospital in Maryland to Receive Four Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care Recognition from Blue Cross and Blue Shield
11/16/2008

UMMC is the only Maryland hospital to receive Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care recognition in four areas: bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers and transplants. The designation is based on rigorous, clinically meaningful measures established in collaboration with expert physicians’ and medical organizations’ recommendations. The goal is to help consumers find healthcare facilities that have demonstrated better overall outcomes in the delivery of specialty care.

   
The leapfrong Group 2008 Top Hospital

UMMC Named as One of the Nation’s Top Hospitals for Safety and Quality, Third Year in a Row
9/24/2008

For a third year in a row, the Leapfrog Group has named UMMC as one of the nation’s best acute-care hospitals for patient safety and quality of care. This prestigious recognition was awarded to only 26 acute-care hospitals and seven children’s hospitals nationwide.

   
A Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Inst.




University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center Receives Prestigious National Cancer Institute Designation
9/3/2008

The University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center has been selected as a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer center, a distinction shared by only 63 other centers across the country.

   
Top Hospital to Work For

 

 

 

UMMC Receives Gold Award from the American Heart Association as a Fit-Friendly Company
9/1/2008

The American Heart Association has recognized UMMC with the Start! Fit-Friendly Company Gold Level Award for its efforts to promote the health of its employees. The award recognizes UMMC's creating a culture of physical activity in the workplace and promoting a wellness culture by providing support to employees and implementing physical, nutritional and cultural changes.

   
U.S. News America's Best Hospitals 2008

Five UMMC Programs Make 2008 "Best Hospitals" List
7/14/2008

UMMC’s cancer, ear, nose and throat, heart and heart surgery, kidney disease and urology programs are among the 50 best in the country according to the U.S. News and World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” survey.

   
Get Fit Maryland Wins Award

 

 

Get Fit Maryland Wins National Innovation in Prevention Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
11/27/2007

The Get Fit Maryland program, the result of a partnership among the University of Maryland Medical Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Merritt Athletic Clubs, was one of nine organizations or businesses chosen as a national Innovation in Prevention Award winners by the Department of Health and Human Services for their efforts in promoting healthy lifestyles in communities.

   
Top Hospital to Work For

UMMC's Bariatric Surgery Program Receives Prestigious Center of Excellence Designation
11/05/2007

The American College of Surgeons have given its highest accreditation for bariatric surgery to the UMMC Center of Weight Management and Wellness. UMMC is one just two centers in Maryland and 56 nationally honored as a Level 1 Center of Excellence.

   
U.S. News America's Best Hospitals 2007

Heart Center, Urology and Nephrology Receive “Best Hospitals” Recognition
7/15/2007

UMMC’s heart disease, urology and kidney disease programs were all recognized as being among the 50 best programs in their categories in the nation by U.S. News and World Report in its 2007 America’s Best Hospitals issue. U.S. News evaluated 5,462 hospitals, and only 173 made it into the rankings as a “Center of Excellence.”

   
The Joint Commission National Quality Approval

 

 

 

University of Maryland Hospital for Children Earns Certificate of Distinction in Pediatric Asthma
3/12/2007

The University of Maryland Hospital for Children is the first pediatric hospital on the East Coast to receive a certificate of distinction from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for its treatment of children with asthma. The designation shows that the Hospital for Children’s pediatric asthma program meets rigorous standards for excellent care.

Web Site Awards
UMMC Wins Gold in Aster Awards Competition

 

 

 


UMMC Wins Gold in Aster Awards Competition
5/04/2010

The University of Maryland Medical Center Web site won a gold award -- the top award possible -- from the Aster Awards in the Academic Medical Center Web Site category. The Aster Awards is an international medical marketing awards program, in which healthcare organizations compete against similarly sized competitors from around the world. More than 3,000 entries were submitted to this year's competition.

   
e-Healthcare Leadership Award 2009

 


UMMC Web Sites Win Five eHealthcare Leadership Awards
11/04/2009

The Web sites for the University of Maryland Medical Center, Heart Center and Greenebaum Cancer Center won a combined five eHealthcare Leadership Awards. This prestigious awards competition, sponsored by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends, recognized these web sites with awards for best web 2.0 site, best health/healthcare content, and best eHealth organizational commitment. UMGCC won a gold award for best health/healthcare content in the Hospital Center of Excellence Division -- the top award given in this category.

   
e-Healthcare Leadership Award 2008

 

 

 


UMMC Web Sites Win Six eHealthcare Leadership Awards
11/12/2008

The Web sites for the University of Maryland Medical Center, Heart Center and Greenebaum Cancer Center won a combined six eHealthcare Leadership Awards. The winning categories included best overall Internet site, best health content, best rich media and best eHealth organizational commitment. The awards competition -- sponsored by eHealthcare Strategy & Trends -- received 1,100 entries from more than 235 health care organizations.

More Web Awards
In addition to the eHealthcare Leadership Awards, the UMMC and UMGCC Web sites have received national recognition in other major award programs. These include the Medicine on the Net’s Web Excellence Awards, the World Wide Web Health Awards and The Web Marketing Association’s WebAwards.

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