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The Department of Health and Human Services officials presented awards to 404 hospitals, 38 organ procurement organizations, and 174 transplant programs for their success in increasing the number of organs available and transplanted.
Hospital representatives received the department's Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75% or more of eligible donors at their facilities. OPOs were recognized for their efforts based on similar criteria. Awards were presented for the work done during the time period of April 1, 2010, through March 31, 2012.
Transplant programs were recognized based on their performance on post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates, and mortality rates after patients are placed on waiting lists.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at HHS supports the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice, which brings together donation and transplantation professionals, hospital staff, and other professionals involved in the donation process to identify and share best practices.
The Health Resources and Services Administration is also involved in the National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, which enlists the help of hospitals across the country in increasing the number of people who enroll as future donors on their state donor registry. Fifty-six OPOs and Donate Life affiliates, 15 state hospital associations, and 653 hospitals and transplant centers were recognized for their leadership in this national campaign.