The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is honoring 22 hospitals throughout the seven-county greater Los Angeles area , including ones in Loma Linda and Riverside for excellence in organ donation. The hospitals will be officially recognized Oct. 5 at the 7th National Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice in Grapevine, Tex.
The HHS Medal of Honor is awarded in three categories to hospitals with an organ donation rate that meets standards for excellence. The clinical achievements indicate that the hospitals have integrated practices of donation in their standard procedures so more lives can be saved through organ transplants. A complete list of all honored hospitals is attached.
Out of 48 hospitals in OneLegacy’s service area that met the criteria to be considered for a medal, 22 were recognized. Between them, and in collaboration with OneLegacy, 376 organ donations were facilitated during a 24-month measurement period, resulting in 1,242 transplants for people in need of this life-saving procedure.
Two hospitals, Desert Regional Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital, will receive Gold medals for meeting or exceeding the three national goals: an organ donation conversion rate of 75 percent or higher; greater than 3.75 organs transplanted per donor; and at least 10% of all donors recovered via donation after cardiac death.
A total of 13 hospitals received Silver medals for meeting or exceeding two of these three national goals: Antelope Valley Hospital, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Fountain Valley Regional Hospital, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Hoag Hospital Newport Beach, Kern Medical Center, Lakewood Regional Medical Center, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Mission Hospital, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center and Western Medical Center Santa Ana.
Bronze medals for achieving an organ donation conversion rate of 75 percent or more will be awarded to Good Samaritan Hospital, LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, Palmdale Regional Medical Center, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Riverside Community Hospital and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
The number of area hospitals recognized reflects the success of the ongoing partnership between OneLegacy and hospitals that was energized by the national Organ Donation and Transplantation Breakthrough Collaborative, an initiative launched by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services in 2003 to save and enhance thousands of lives annually by spreading best practices to the nation's largest hospitals.
“Thanks to the generosity of donor families and registered donors, our collaboration with hospitals and transplant centers, and the skill of OneLegacy’s donation professionals, we are answering the needs of the nearly 115,000 people nationwide who await life-saving transplants,” stated Tom Mone, executive vice president and chief executive officer of OneLegacy.
OneLegacy is the non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation in the seven-county greater Los Angeles area. With 200 hospitals, 11 transplant centers and a diverse population of 19 million, OneLegacy is the largest of the 58 federally designated organ recovery agencies in the U.S. and in the world. Those wishing to make the commitment to donate may register online at www.donateLIFEcalifornia.org or www.doneVIDAcalifornia.org.
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