Regions Hospital receives HHS award for organ donation
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Oct. 15 2012 – For the fourth time, Regions Hospital is the recipient of a national award that recognizes hospitals for increasing the number of lives saved through organ donation. The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services awarded a silver medal of honor to Regions at the National Learning Congress in Grapevine, Texas. The award recognizes hospitals for achieving and sustaining national goals, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at their facilities and for achieving a rate of 3.75 organs transplanted per donor.
Regions is one of seven hospitals in Minnesota to earn recognition for its organ donation program. More than 115,000 patients are currently waiting for donated organs according to LifeSource, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest. Nineteen patients at Regions Hospital donated 71 organs in 2011.
Residents of Minnesota can register to donate organs online, or they can check the box to register to be a donor when applying for or renewing a driver’s license, state identification card or learner’s permit.
Regions Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center for adults and for children serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin for more than 130 years. A private, nonprofit, teaching hospital, Regions (regionshospital.com) provides outstanding care in women’s health, heart, cancer, surgery, orthopaedics, neuroscience, burn, emergency care, mental illnesses and more. Regions is part of the HealthPartners (healthpartners.com) family of health care companies that serves 1.4 million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. Follow Regions Hospital at twitter.com/RegionsHospital and facebook.com/regionshospital.