Award Winning Care: UW OTD to Honor Ten Hospitals with Award of Hope

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UW Organ and Tissue Donation honors hospital that have demonstrated a strong commitment to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation.On May 19 in Madison, UW Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD) will honor 10 hospitals that have demonstrated a strong commitment to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. This is the second year UW OTD has given the Award of Hope to hospitals that have met the award criteria.


Hospitals that have met one of the criterion receive either a bronze or silver award, depending on the criterion, and those that met both receive a gold award.


“Our focus is on consent,” says Mary Nachreiner, community development specialist for UW OTD. “The hospitals who win these awards have placed a big emphasis on educating critical care staff on the donation process and talking with families about that opportunity.”


Between 2005 and 2012, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) gave hospitals a Medal of Honor for Organ Donation to recognize their achievement in saving lives. When HRSA discontinued this award, UW OTD decided to continue the tradition of recognizing excellence among the 108 hospitals in its service area, and established a new award.


“Our hospital personnel go through extensive training and work incredibly hard to serve donors and their families,” says Nachreiner. “It’s important to reward them for this very challenging work.”


2015 Award of Hope Winners


  • Theda Clark Medical Center - Neenah, Wisconsin


  • Aurora BayCare Medical Center – Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Mercy Medical Center – Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Gundersen Health System – La Crosse, Wisconsin


  • Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center – Janesville, Wisconsin
  • Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital – Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison, Wisconsin
  • HSHS St. Vincent Hospital – Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • SwedishAmerican Hospital – Rockford, Illinois
  • UP Health System Marquette – Marquette, Michigan

Additionally, UW OTD will be presenting the second annual Family Care Award to Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh. The Family Care Award honors one hospital that exemplifies the highest standards of family support. The honoree was chosen by a volunteer panel of donor families and transplant recipients who evaluated a group of blind nominations.


Congratulations to all the winners!