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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 Noun 1. Department of Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Health and Human Services, HHS
 (HHS HHS Department of Health and Human Services. ) 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 The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services whose goal is to improve access to health care for those without insurance.  (HRSA) Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN, praised the hospital administrators and organ procurement organization directors who received the Department's Medal of Honor Medal of Honor

highest American military decoration for wartime gallantry. [Am. Hist.: Misc.]

See : Bravery
 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 Holy Cross Hospital may refer to:

In the United Kingdom:
  • Holy Cross Hospital — Haslemere, Surrey, England
In the United States:
  • Holy Cross Hospital — Nogales, Arizona
  • Holy Cross Hospital — Fort Lauderdale, Florida
, Mission Hills, CA; Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA; California Pacific Medical Center California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) is one of the largest private, not-for-profit, academic medical centers in Northern California. The Medical Center is a combination of three of San Francisco's oldest medical institutions: Pacific Presbyterian Hospital, Children's Hospital , 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 St. Joseph Medical Center may refer to:

In the United States:
  • St. Joseph Medical Center — Burbank, California
  • OSF St. Joseph Medical Center — Bloomington, Illinois
  • St. Joseph Medical Center — Towson, Maryland
  • St.
, Joliet, IL; Loyola University Medical Center Loyola University Medical Center, founded in 1969 by Loyola University as its teaching hospital, is a Level I Trauma Center located in Maywood, Illinois, west of Chicago. The hospital complex includes the Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital and the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center. , Maywood, IL; University of Massachusetts The system includes UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth (affiliated with Cape Cod Community College), UMass Lowell, and the UMass Medical School. It also has an online school called UMassOnline.  Memorial Health Care-University Campus, Worcester, MA; Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD; Central Maine Medical Center Maine Medical Center (MMC), located in Portland, Maine in the United States, is the largest hospital in northern New England. It is a 606-bed facility which also serves as a teaching hospital. , Lewiston, ME; Munson Medical Center Munson Medical Center is a regional medical referral center located in Traverse City, Michigan, serving patients from 32 counties in Northern Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It has 391 inpatient beds, and more than 500 physicians representing 57 specialties. , Traverse City, MI; Hennepin County Medical Center Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) is a Level I trauma center based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the county seat of Hennepin County. The primary 422-bed facility is located on five city blocks across the street from the Hubert H. , 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 St. Louis Children's Hospital is a pediatric hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, and is one of the premier children's hospitals in the United States. Children's Hospital is the pediatric teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine, ranked the 4th best medical school , 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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