Hospitals Honored with Donation Service Medals

Medals of HonorMadison, Wisconsin - "This is a human issue with human impact" said honored guest speaker Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM, in his keynote speech at the recent U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Medal of Honor Event in the Wisconsin Dells.


Rear Admiral Moritsugu USPHS (Ret) was the Acting Surgeon General of the United States (2002 and 2006-2007) and is one of the nation's top doctors with a rare perspective on the invaluable gift of donation. Dr. Moritsugu lost both his wife and his daughter in separate auto accidents. Both were donors.


His heartfelt speech honored the doctors, nurses, and staff from nine hospitals in the UW Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD) service area who received the nation's highest honor for their work to increase the number of organs available for transplantation.


"In the last two years, we worked together to serve 251 donors and their families," said Tony D'Alessandro, MD, transplant surgeon and medical director of the UW OTD. "The outstanding service you provided made 760 organs available for transplant, saving the lives of 643 people."


The Medal of Honor award is given to hospitals that achieve or exceed the national goals set for conversion rate, organs transplanted per donor and donation after circulatory death (DCD) rate.


The hospitals in the UW OTD service area are nine of just 403 hospitals in the nation to be honored for their leadership in organ donation.


Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, WI received a gold medal, signifying that the hospital excelled in all three goals by either reaching or exceeding them.


"This past year, the team at Ministry St. Joseph's created a 12-person Donor Organ Team (DOT Team). This team is notified of each donation opportunity so they can initiate a huddle so everyone on the health care team and at UW OTD is prepared before discussing donation with families" said Jill Ellefson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplant Services at UW Health.


The other eight hospitals receiving a silver medal were: UW Hospitals and Clinics, Theda Clark Regional Medical Center in Neenah, Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Clare, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, St. Mary's in Madison, St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, and Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, IL.


A silver medal signifies that the hospital has reached or exceeded the conversion rate goal and reached either goal of organs transplanted per donor or the DCD rate.


The Medal of Honor award was created ten years ago as part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) Breakthrough Collaborative.

Date Published: 06/21/2013

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