UW OTD Recognized by U.S. Health and Human Services

The medals awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesMadison, Wisconsin - UW Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD) was once again 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 OTD a Gold Medal for Organ Donation for achieving three critical goals that increase the number of organs available for transplantation. The awards were established in 1966.


The UW OTD has long been recognized as one of the most effective organ procurement programs in the nation. The OTDs main mission is threefold:

  • To support the families of those who gave the gift of life
  • To build strong relationships between UW OTD and staff at referring hospitals
  • To take a leading role in educating the public about the importance of organ donation.

The UW OTD is federally designated to provide service to 103 hospitals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois. Nine of those hospitals were also honored for their work.


They include: Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, who received a gold medal and Aspirus Wausau Hospital; Gundersen Health System in La Crosse; Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Luther Campus; St. Mary's Hospital in Madison; St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay; Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Illinois; Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah; and UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison; all of whom received silver medals.

Date Published: 01/09/2014

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