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Saint Anthony honored for leadership in organ donation

September 26, 2012

Staff Report

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center recently earned the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Silver Medal of Honor for its commitment to saving lives through organ and tissue donation. OSF Saint Anthony is one of more than 400 hospitals across the country to have earned this distinction.

The medical center will be recognized during the Seventh Annual National Learning Congress Oct. 4-5 in Grapevine, Texas.

HHS awards the Silver Medal of Honor to hospitals that have achieved organ donation goals established by the Breakthrough Collaborative on Organ Donation in 2003. These include the following:

1. Achieving an organ donation conversion rate of at least 75 percent.

2. Achieving a rate of at least 3.75 organs transplanted per donor (OTPD).

3. Successfully recovering transplantable organs in at least 10 percent of cases involving donation after circulatory death (DCD).

Gold Medal winners meet or exceed all three goals in the previous two years; Silver Medal winners meet or exceed Goal 1 and either Goal 2 or 3 during the previous two years; and Bronze Medal winners achieve Goal 1 during the same period.

In earning a Silver Medal of Honor, OSF Saint Anthony achieved an organ donation conversion rate of 94.4 percent and a DCD rate of 11.8 percent.

We are honored to work with so many hospitals that offer such profound services to our communities and help us carry out our mission of saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation,” said Jerry Anderson, president/CEO of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. “OSF Saint Anthony has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to increasing the number of organs available and, thereby, giving hope to people in need of lifesaving organ transplants.”

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization entrusted by the nation’s health care system with coordinating organ and tissue donation and providing donor family services and public education in Illinois and northwest Indiana. For more information, visit GiftofHope.org.

From the Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2012, issue

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