Fifteen Hospitals Receive Award of Hope

Ripple Effect


University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD) honored fifteen hospitals for their ongoing commitment to saving and improving lives through organ and tissue 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 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, is a critical component 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."


This was UW OTD’s first year honoring hospitals with the Excellence in Tissue Donation award. In 2012, UW OTD began a collaboration with Wisconsin Tissue Bank. This award was given to Wisconsin Tissue Bank partner hospitals who achieved at least a 60 percent consent rate. This metric measures the collaborative work between the hospital staff and tissue bank in coordinating communication around tissue consent conversations.


The 2016 Award of Hope winners were honored during a ceremony held May 17 in Wisconsin Dells and include the following institutions:


2017 Award of Hope Ceremony
Hospital Name Medal/s
American Family Children's Hospital Gold
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Gold
UnityPoint Health-Meriter Gold + Excellence in Tissue Donation
HSHS Sacred Heart HOspital Silver
ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah Silver
UP Health System - Marquette Silver
Aurura BayCare Medical Center Silver + Excellence in Tissue Donation
Bellin Health Hospital Silver + Excellence in Tissue Donation
Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital Bronze
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center Bronze + Excellence in Tissue Donation
Aspirus Wausau Hospital Excellence in Tissue DonationExcellence in Tissue Donation
MCHS-Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse Excellence in Tissue Donation
Mercy Health System Excellence in Tissue Donation
SwedishAmerican Medical Center-Belvidere Excellence in Tissue Donation
University Hospital Excellence in Tissue Donation
Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital Family Care Award


Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield was also awarded the Family Care Award for exemplifying the highest standards of family support. 


The award winners are from hospitals within the donation service area for UW OTD, which includes 108 hospitals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois.