The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is honoring Children's Hospital Los Angeles for its commitment to saving lives through organ and tissue donation. The hospital will receive the Silver Medal of Honor today for excellence in organ donation at the 7th National Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice in Grapevine, Tex.
“Helping families understand the importance of donation and coping with the decision is a team approach. This great honor reflects the dedicated and delicate work of our physicians, nurses, respiratory care practitioners, social workers, child life specialists, hospital chaplains and many others.”
The HHS Medal of Honor is awarded in three categories to hospitals with an organ donation rate that meets standards for excellence: an organ donation conversion rate of 75 percent or higher, greater than 3.75 organs transplanted per donor (OTPD), and at least 10 percent of all donors recovered via donation after cardiac death. These clinical achievements indicate that the hospital has integrated practices of donation in their standard procedures so more lives can be saved through organ transplants.