MUMC Earns Medal of Honor for Organ Donation

(October 18, 2012) -Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) received a Medal of Honor for Organ Donation from the Department of Health and Human Services. Memorial was one of 10 Georgia hospitals honored at the 7th National Learning Congress for Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice in Grapevine, Texas.

The Medal of Honor for Organ Donation recognizes MUMC for achieving national donation goals and having 75 percent or more eligible donors agree to organ donation. Memorial achieved this goal between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2012.

"Every day roughly 18 people die while waiting on an organ transplant. Just one organ and tissue donor can save eight lives and help 50 others. Memorial is honored to be able to bring the gift of life to so many people," said Maria Theron, executive director of patient care services at MUMC.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) leads federal efforts to increase organ and tissue donation and transplantation and provides federal oversight of the nation's organ donation and transplantation network. They support the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice, which brings together transplant professionals, hospital staff, and others involved in the donation process to identify and share best practices.

There are approximately 115,341 Americans currently on a transplant waiting list. HRSA's National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign is enlisting the help of hospitals across the country to increase the number of enrolled donors on state registries. To register as an organ donor, visit the Donate Georgia website: www.donatelifegeorgia.org.

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