Nineteen Southland Hospitals to Receive Recognition from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services for Achieving Area's Highest Organ Donation Rates

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Nineteen area hospitals, in collaboration with OneLegacy, the nonprofit organ procurement organization serving Southern California, will be awarded with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) honors for achieving outstanding rates of organ donation.

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Nineteen area hospitals, in collaboration with OneLegacy, the nonprofit organ procurement organization serving Southern California, will be awarded with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) honors for achieving outstanding rates of organ donation.

This special recognition is part of the National Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative, a nationwide initiative launched in 2003 to save and enhance thousands of lives a year by spreading known best practices to the nation's largest hospitals and to achieve organ donation rates of 75% or higher in these hospitals.

Jeff Flick, Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will present awards June 9 in Glendale to recognize seventeen Southland hospitals for achieving donation conversion rates – the percentage of actual donors out of all eligible potential donors – of 50% or higher over a six-month period.

The five hospitals receiving local Crystal Heart Awards for achieving a 75% conversion rate (minimum four potential donors) include:

Antelope Valley Hospital, Lancaster (100%, 4 donors)

California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles (85.7%, 6 donors)

Kaiser Permanente Anaheim Medical Center (75%, 3 donors)

Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo (75%)

Western Medical Center, Santa Ana (100%, 5 donors)

“Nationally last year, there were more than 7,100 deceased donors, up from about 6,000 in previous years, an 11% increase,” states Tom Mone, chief executive officer of OneLegacy. “Locally, OneLegacy has seen an increase of 10% year-to-date, resulting in a many more lives saved through transplantation. At current rates, OneLegacy is headed for our its sixth consecutive year of all-time highs in organ donors and organs recovered for life-saving transplantation.”

Nearly 27,000 people in the U.S. received a life-saving organ transplant in 2004, a new national record. In Southern California, area hospitals demonstrated their commitment to the goals of the collaborative by partnering with OneLegacy to help coordinate 1,114 life-saving organs for transplant from 346 donors.

Flick will also recognize eight hospitals that received HHS Medals of Honor awarded in late May at the First Annual Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative National Learning Congress in Pittsburgh, which were conferred to hospitals for achieving life-saving organ donation rates of 75% or higher for a 12-month period. Only three percent of hospitals across the country received this award, including:

Antelope Valley Hospital, Lancaster

Huntington Hospital, Pasadena

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center / Miller Children’s Hospital

Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo

Northridge Hospital Medical Center – Roscoe

Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills

Riverside Community Hospital

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital

"OneLegacy is proud to join CMS and HHS in honoring these hospitals for their exemplary leadership and commitment to organ donors and donor families in our community and the nearly 90,000 patients on the national transplant waiting list," said Mone.

OneLegacy serves seven counties of Southern California as part of a nationwide network of non-profit, federally-designated organ procurement organizations (OPOs). Since 1977, OneLegacy has served our region as the bridge between donors and patients awaiting life-saving transplants. OneLegacy is the primary source of information regarding organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Southern California. For more information, call OneLegacy at (800) 786-4077 or visit http://www.onelegacy.org.

About Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital is a 340-bed acute care, full-service facility serving all of south Orange County and houses the region’s designated trauma center, one of only three in the county. Located in Mission Viejo, Mission Hospital offers a complete array of top-quality healthcare services including Mission Trauma Center; Mission Heart Center; Mission Breast Center and Mission Maternity Center. The hospital also offers the highest level of care in orthopedics, rehabilitation, cancer, stroke, spine, vascular and wellness services. A member of the St. Joseph Health System, Mission Hospital is one of 15 not-for-profit hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Learn more about Mission Hospital at http://www.mission4health.com.

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