John C. Lincoln Organ Donations Honored Nationally

John C. Lincoln Organ Donations Honored Nationally
Susan Kelley, RN, MS, NEA-BC, vice president of Patient Care Services, accepts HRSA Gold Medal of Honor award.

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital has been recognized as the only medical center in Arizona and one of just seven in the nation to win the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Gold Medal of Honor for exceeding the federal government's highest 2010 organ donation goals.

To win a Gold Medal of Honor, more than 75 percent of the hospital's eligible organ donors must actually become organ donors. At North Mountain, 86 percent of those eligible donated gifts of life. To qualify for the Gold Medal, North Mountain also exceeded the federal requirement that an average of 3.75 organs be given per donor.

"It is a great privilege to receive the Gold Medal of Honor Award because this distinguishes John C. Lincoln North Mountain's commitment to organ donation," said Susan Kelley, RN, MS, NEA-BC, vice president of Patient Care Services. "Each day, 105,000 people are on the transplant list for solid organs, and each day 18 of them die. Our efforts have helped some of those on this desperate waiting list and we are very proud."

The Gold Medal also reflects organ donations from more than 10 percent of a rare group of eligible organ donors — patients who may not be brain-dead but whose hearts have ceased to support life and whose families have come to the medical team to request the patient's removal from a ventilator.

Kelley accepted the HHS Gold Medal at the 2010 National Learning Congress in Grapevine, Texas, on Nov. 3 on behalf of the hospital, which was awarded the HHS Silver Medal for organ donations in 2009.

Recipients of the Gold Medal rank among the top hospital industry leaders in the nation including Fairview General Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio; Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas; Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn.; Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego; Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, and Waukesha Memorial Hospital in Waukesha, Wis.

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