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HHS Awards Medal of Honor to Lutheran Hospital

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Lutheran Hospital its Medal of Honor for success in increasing organ donation rates.

Select hospitals from across the country, together with their partners in the 58 federally-designated organ procurement organizations, received the Department's Medal of Honor for Organ Donation. This designation was bestowed on hospitals achieving and sustaining a donation rate of 75 percent or more from eligible donors. Lutheran Hospital officials were among those recognized during the Fourth National Learning Congress on Organ Donation and Transplantation held in Nashville, Tenn.

The National Learning Congress is one program component of a national initiative to create best practices in organ donation and transplantation science including family care and communication, clinical support for organ donors and transplant process management.

"Those awarded the Medal of Honor have shown that their practices and compassionate caring are making a difference in this unique field of healthcare," said Lynn Driver, President and CEO of Indiana Organ Procurement Organization. "We are pleased to have Lutheran Hospital as a partner in organ & tissue donation, and with more than 1,000 individuals currently on the Indiana waiting list for a life-saving transplant, the work being done today by Lutheran is indeed making a difference in many lives."

"We are honored to be recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services, but the gift of organ donation ultimately comes from donors and their family members. Without that act of kindness, nothing else matters. As a transplant center, our doctors and nurses see the miracles that organ transplantation provides. We uniquely prepare our team to help patients and their families make this difficult decision. I am proud to work at such an organization," said Joe Dorko, chief executive officer, Lutheran Hospital.


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