"Most of all, this award honors the incredible people who volunteered to be organ and tissue donors and the families who agreed – even in the midst of grief and loss – to give the gift of life to total strangers.” – social worker Tim Chamberlain
Stanford, CA (PRWEB) October 04, 2012
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded Stanford Hospital & Clinics a Gold Medal of Honor for its lifesaving work to increase the number of organs available for transplantation.
One of only 22 hospitals in the country and one of only four hospitals in California that earned a gold medal, Stanford Hospital surpassed national goals by improving donation rates, and expanding clinical processes for recovering organs.
The hospital was recognized at a ceremony on Oct. 4 at the 7th National Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice held in Grapevine, Texas. Stanford Hospital social worker Timothy Chamberlain accepted the award at the ceremony with colleague and Assistant Patient Care Manager Maureen Fay, BSN, MS, RN, CCRN.
“This award is a testimony of Stanford’s commitment to honoring patients’ wishes and rights to help save the lives of others,” said Chamberlain, who assists patients’ families with end-of-life issues. “It speaks to the tireless work our bedside nurses, operating room staff and doctors do to help in this important process. But, most of all, this award honors the incredible people who volunteered to be organ and tissue donors and the families who agreed – even in the midst of grief and loss – to give the gift of life to total strangers.”
Castro Valley resident Jennifer Julian, 54, who received a double lung transplant at Stanford Hospital in 2006 and a second chance at life thanks to an anonymous donor, echoed Chamberlain’s sentiments. “The donor family made that very difficult choice to turn their loss into life for others – for people like me,” Julian said. “If not for their selflessness, I wouldn’t be able to breathe on my own today. They are true heroes.”
Today there are more than 110,000 people on the UNOS National Organ Transplant Waiting List. “Of those waiting, one in three will die due to the organ shortage,” said Carlos Esquivel, MD, PhD, chief of Stanford’s Transplantation Division. “So, the work that we at Stanford and others involved in organ donation are doing to reduce the number of people on this list is crucial.”
"Stanford is committed to excellence in donation as well as transplantation," said Waldo Concepcion, MD, chief of clinical transplantation at Stanford. “Every healthcare provider in any capacity is dedicated to the vision of giving life to their community.”
“I hope this award not only serves as a way of honoring those who generously donated, but also helps raise much-needed awareness of the organ donor shortage crisis and prompts people to register,” he added.
Cindy Siljestrom, chief executive officer of the California Transplant Donor Network (CTDN), which works with Stanford and other hospitals in Northern and Central California and Northern Nevada
counties on facilitating organ and tissue donation for transplantation, said, “CTDN is pleased to share in recognizing Stanford. What we see each day in working with them is a commitment to the idea that lives are saved and improved through organ and tissue donation. It is great to see this recognition for Stanford at a national level.”
About 10,000 people are waiting for organs in the area served by CTDN alone. Eight people potentially can be saved because of organs from a single deceased donor, and that same donor can improve the lives of more than 50 people through tissue donation. People can register as a donor by going to ctdn.org.
About Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Stanford Hospital & Clinics is dedicated to providing leading edge and coordinated care to each and every patient. It is internationally renowned for expertise in areas such as cancer treatment, neuroscience, surgery, cardiovascular medicine and organ transplant, as well as for translating medical breakthroughs into patient care. Throughout its history, Stanford has been at the forefront of discovery and innovation, as researchers and clinicians work together to improve health on a global level. Stanford Hospital & Clinics: Healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time. For more information, visit http://www.stanfordhospital.org.