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UW Organ and Tissue Donation Honors 10 Hospitals for Maximizing the Gift of Life

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Madison, Wisconsin - Ten hospitals will be honored by University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD) for their ongoing commitment to saving lives through organ donation.


The UW OTD Award of Hope recognizes the comprehensive work of hospitals that achieve or exceed the goals of two important measures that maximize the gift of life: the true donor conversion rate (TCR), which measures the percent of medically eligible donors that become actual donors; and organs transplanted per donor (OTPD), which measures the average number of organs recovered from each donor. Hospitals earn a gold, silver or bronze award depending on an OTPD of 3.25 (bronze), a true conversion rate of at least 75 percent (silver), or both metrics (gold).


"The clinical management of donors, coupled with a hospital's compassionate support of donor families, are critical components to saving lives through the gift of organ donation and transplantation," said Michael Anderson, executive director of UW OTD. "We honor these hospitals and their incredible physicians and nursing teams for working so hard to help ensure that those who are waiting for a transplant will get a second chance at life."


The 2016 Award of Hope winners were honored during a ceremony May 19th in Madison and include the following institutions:


Gold Award

  • Theda Care Regional Medical Center–Neenah

Silver Award

  • Aurora Baycare Medical Center–Green Bay
  • Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center–LaCrosse
  • Mercy Medical Center–Oshkosh

Bronze Award

  • Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center–Janesville
  • Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital–Marshfield
  • St. Mary’s Hospital–Madison
  • St. Vincent Hospital–Green Bay
  • Swedish American Hospital–Rockford, IL
  • UP Health System–Marquette, MI

Mercy Medical Center–Oshkosh was also awarded the Family Care Award for exemplifying the highest standards of family support.


The award winners only include those hospitals within the designated service area for UW OTD, which includes 103 hospitals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.

Date Published: 05/20/2016

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