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HHS honors 428 US transplant centers who met collaborative goals for increasing organ donation in 2008-2009.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) honored 428 of the nation's hospitals/transplant centers in late September for their success in meeting goals for increasing organ donation established by the Organ Donation and Transplantation Collaborative initiative launched in 2003.

In her first appearance before the transplant community, the new administrator of HHS Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, praised the hospital administrators and organ procurement organization directors who received the Department's Medal of Honor for Organ Donation.

"These hospitals have made incredible progress in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation," Wakefield said. "Their efforts reflect the heights Americans can reach when they work together toward a common goal."

Of the 428 programs receiving medals, 30 hospitals were singled out as Gold Medal Winners for reaching or exceeding all four of the goals of the collaborative's Community of Practice: (1) improving donation rates; (2) increasing the number of organs donated per individual donor to 3.75 or higher; (3) expanding clinical processes for recovering organs; (4) at least 10% of all donors were recovered via donation after cardiac death (DCD). (The Gold Medal Winners are listed at the end of this article)

Each of the 428 hospitals that were honored had eight or more eligible organ donors during the 12 month award period which ended in April 2009. The awards were presented by HHS' Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, MD, MPH. Each of the hospitals had exceeded one or more of the three goals. "We are humbled to recognize these public health stewards who offer such profound service to society," Koh said. The Awards were presented at the Fifth National Learning Congress for Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice held in Grapevine, TX on September 30. The event brings together donation and transplant professionals and hospital leaders to identify and share best practices to integrate organ donation into hospitals' end-of-care procedures.

This year's event recognized the importance of including donor designation specialists in hospitals' efforts to increase donation at their facilities. HRSA said in a press release that the commitment of the individuals and organizations comprising the Community of Practice helped make possible transplanting 3,088 more organs from deceased donors in 2008 than in 2003.

Here is a glimpse of some of the top performing states based on the total number of hospitals recognized in all four categories in their region.

* California: Gold Medal--4; Silver Medal 1-28; Silver Medal 2-2; Bronze Medal--11. Total: 45

* Pennsylvania: Gold Medal--0; Silver Medal 1-26; Silver 2-3; Total: 29

* Florida: Gold Medal--0; Silver Medal 1-17; Silver Medal 2-2; Bronze Medal 9; Total 28.

* Texas: Gold Medal--1; Silver Medal 1-11; Silver Medal 2-1; Bronze Medal-12; Total: 26

* Illinois: Gold Medal--2; Silver Medal 1-19; Silver Medal 2-0; Bronze Medal--2; Total: 25.

* Missouri: Gold Medal--1; Silver Medal 1-16; Silver Medal 2-1; Bronze Medal--2; Total: 20

* Michigan: Gold Medal--0; Silver Medal 1-16; Silver Medal 2-0; Total 18

* Minnesota/South Dakota (Upper Midwest): Gold: 4 (2-each); Silver Medal 1-5; Silver Medal 2-1; Bronze Medal--3; Total: 14

Gold Medal Winners (Met or exceeded all four goals)

Scottsdale Health--Osborn, Scottsdale, AZ; Holy Cross Hospital, Mission Hills, CA; Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA; California Pacific Medical Center, Pacific Campus, San Francisco; Western Medical Center, Santa Ana, CA; Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, IA; St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise, ID; Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet, IL; Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL; University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care-University Campus, Worcester, MA; Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD; Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, ME; Munson Medical Center, Traverse City, MI; Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN; North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, MN; Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, MO; St. Anthony's Medical Center, Saint Louis, MO; St. Louis Children's Hospital, Saint Louis, MO; St. Patrick Hospital, Missoula, MT; Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH; Jersey Shore Medical Center, Neptune, NJ; Grant/Riverside Methodist Hospital-Riverside Campus, Columbus, OH; Toledo Hospital, Toledo, OH; Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, SD; Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, SD; Cook Children's Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX; Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Provo, UT; Luther Hospital, Eau Claire, WI; Theda Clark Regional Medical Center; Neenah, WI; and Wyoming Medical Center, Casper, WY.
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