UW Health OPO Named Among Nation's Best

The medals awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesMadison, Wisconsin - The UW Health Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) for being among the highest- performing programs of its kind in the country.


The DHS Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) awarded the UW OPO a Gold Medal for Organ Donation for achieving three critical goals that increase the number of organs available for transplantation.


"This level of success is possible because of our staff's steadfast commitment to supporting the patients and families we work with every day," said Jill Ellefson, executive director of the UW Health OPO. "Their dedication to helping increase the number of registered donors in Wisconsin is only surpassed by the level of compassion they show in honoring the wishes of individuals and their families who’ve already decided to make the gift of life."


The UW OPO is one of only eight such programs across the country to have earned this level of achievement from HRSA. It is their second consecutive Gold Medal for Organ Donation. The awards were presented October 4 during the Seventh National Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice in Grapevine, Texas.


Established in 1966, the UW Health Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) has long been recognized as one of the most effective organ procurement programs in the nation. The OPO’s main mission is threefold: to support the families of those who gave the gift of life; to build strong relationships between UW OPO and staff at referring hospitals; and to take a leading role in educating the public about the importance of organ donation. The UW Health OPO is affiliated with the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), and is federally designated to provide service to 103 hospitals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.

Date Published: 09/28/2012

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