HHS Recognizes Hospitals with Highest Organ Donation Rates

February 2, 2010

HRSA News Release:
In September, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) presented awards to 428 of the nation’s hospitals for their success in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation.

Hospital executives, together with their partners in all 58 federally designated organ procurement organizations (OPOs), received the Department’s Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at their facilities.

“These hospitals have made incredible progress in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation,” said Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator of HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which leads federal efforts to increase organ and tissue donation. “Their efforts reflect the heights Americans can reach when they work together toward a common goal.”

Congratulations to all the hospitals for their outstanding efforts to increase organ donation. The following Memphis-area hospitals received this honor:

To see the full list of award recipients or to read the full press release, click here.