LifeSource, 12 partner hospitals and four partner transplant programs last week received national medals for excellence in organ donation and transplant, awarded to hospitals that meet and exceed national goals for donation to increase the number of lives saved through transplantation. The medals were presented to organ procurement organizations (OPOs), hospitals and transplant centers by the Department of Health and Human Services at the 7th National Learning Congress in Grapevine, Texas.
Read the HHS announcement and see a full list of medal winners in the Upper Midwest below.
The National Learning Congress brings together the Donation and Transplant Community of Practice – OPOs, donor hospitals and transplant centers – to teach and learn from one another about the best and most innovative ways to improve donation and transplant to save more lives. The passion for continual improvement stems from the long waiting list in the US – currently numbering more than 115,000 – and the tragic reality that too many people die before they receive the organ they so desperately need. People like Alexa Kersting, a 14 year old girl from West Fargo, ND who died waiting for a lung transplant.
Alexa’s mom, Monica, has shared her story at the National Learning Congress in years past and did so again this year to propel the community forward in working harder, smarter and faster so that all children and adults receive the transplant they need.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER: LIFESOURCE
LifeSource is honored to be one of eight organ procurement organizations (out of 58 OPOS in the country) to receive a gold medal for achieving and sustaining national goals for organ donation.
SILVER MEDAL OF HONOR WINNERS: DONOR HOSPITALS
Abbott Northwestern Hospital / Minneapolis, MN
Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Medical Center / Duluth, MN
Hennepin County Medical Center / Minneapolis, MN
Mercy Hospital / Coon Rapids, MN
North Memorial Medical Center / Robbinsdale, MN
Regions Hospital / St. Paul, MN
BRONZE MEDAL OF HONOR WINNERS: DONOR HOSPITALS
Essentia Health – Fargo / Fargo, ND
Rapid City Regional Hospital / Rapid City, SD
Mayo Clinic – St. Mary’s Hospital / Rochester, MN
Sanford Medical Center Fargo / Fargo, ND
Sanford USD Medical Center / Sioux Falls, SD
St. Cloud Hospital / St. Cloud, MN
SILVER MEDAL WINNERS: TRANSPLANT PROGRAMS
Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Liver Transplant Program / Rochester, MN
BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS: TRANSPLANT PROGRAMS
Mayo Clinic Transplant Center, Kidney Transplant Program / Rochester, MN
Sanford Transplant Center, Kidney Transplant Program / Sioux Falls, SD