Bryan Vital Statistics Office Among Best in State

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The Bryan City Secretary's Office of Vital Statistics has earned the prestigious Five-Star Award from the Texas Department of State Health Services, indicating that it is among the best-performing offices of its kind in the state.

The Five-Star Award recognizes local registrar offices - including city secretaries, county clerks and county health departments - that excel in the area of vital statistics, reporting on births and deaths.

The City of Bryan has won the Five-Star Award ten out of the last eleven years. Among the criteria used by judges are timeliness and accuracy of filings, application of technology and customer service, according to Bryan City Secretary Mary Lynne Stratta, who also serves as the Local Registrar for the City of Bryan.

Stratta said, "I am very proud of my staff for this outstanding accomplishment. We take a great deal of pride in serving the citizenry of our community in an exemplary manner at the two most important times in a family's life - the birth of a child and the loss of loved one."

The Five-Star Award will be presented to the City of Bryan at the 53rd Annual Vital Statistics Conference during the Red Carpet Awards Luncheon to be held December 10 in Austin.

Additionally, Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan is also a Five-Star Award recipient for 2007. Of the 1,300 licensed funeral homes and mortuary services in Texas, only a few achieved Five-Star Award status this year.

The criteria for funeral homes to receive the Five-Star Award include timeliness of filing death certificates; accountability in reporting consistency; innovation and averaging fewer rejections than other funeral homes filing death certificates in the registration district.

"Callaway-Jones Funeral Home deserves recognition for timely and accurate filing of death certificates because they allow our office to provide better service to bereaved families," Stratta said. "We were honored to nominate them for this award."

About the Bryan Vital Statistics Office

The Bryan Vital Statistics Office receives records and issues birth and death certificates; amends birth and death certificates, records name changes and court-ordered adoptions, and issues burial transit permits. The office also serves as a remote birth certificate printing location for the Texas Department of State Health Services. Certified birth certificates for any person born in the state of Texas can be issued immediately upon request.