NMH Earns Silver Medal from HHS HRSA for Organ and Tissue Donation

Northwestern Medicine
News October 17, 2012
Northwestern Memorial Hospital 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. We are honored to be one of more than 400 hospitals across the country to have earned this distinction and was recognized during the 7th Annual National Learning Congress October 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:

  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).

Northwestern Medicine surgeons operate on a patientGold medal winners meet or exceed all three goals in the previous two years; silver medal winners meet or exceed goal one and either goal two or three during the previous two years; and bronze medal winners achieve goal one during the same period.

In earning a silver medal of honor, Northwestern Memorial Hospital achieved an organ donation conversion rate of 78.9 percent and a DCD rate of 33.3 percent.

Learn more about the Northwestern Memorial Hospital Kovler Organ Transplantation Center.

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