The following was submitted by Karla Radicke, communications officer for Uvalde Memorial Hospital.
During the 63rd Annual Texas Vital Statistics Conference held Dec. 6-8, 2017, in Austin, Uvalde Memorial Hospital received two prestigious state awards – the Five Star Service Award from the Texas Department of State Health Services’ vital statistics unit and the Office of Attorney General Award for Acknowledgement of Paternity.
Birth registrar Norma Castro and health information management department clerk Erica Trevino accepted the awards.
The Five Star Service award is given to Texas hospitals that have met a list of criteria for qualification set by the vital statistics unit.
Uvalde Memorial was placed in the exemplary winners category, meeting 100 percent of criterion. Only 13 other hospitals in the state fell into the exemplary category and an additional 48 were recognized for meeting 97 percent of criterion.
This year’s honors marked the 16th consecutive year the hospital has received the award.
Qualifications include legal and statistical measurements on all birth registrations completed, timeliness of birth registrations of babies born at the hospital, and training standards of birth registrars at the facility. Hospitals must also have been recipients of the Office of Attorney General Award for Acknowledgement of Paternity and Department of State Health Services ImmTrac Award for Excellence in 2017 to qualify.
The Office of Attorney General Award for Acknowledgement of Paternity was also received at the convention. To achieve the paternity acknowledgement criteria, birth registrars must complete the 71 percent state average or higher of potential Acknowledgement of Paternity from Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017.