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Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - Broward Health Medical Center Awarded Organ Donation Medal of Honor

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Broward Health Medical Center (BHMC) has been named one of six hospitals in South Florida recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with a Medal of Honor for exceptional achievement in organ donation.

BHMC was recognized with the HHS Medal of Honor for achieving and sustaining national goals for organ donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at their facilities.  BHMC earned the Bronze medal by achieving an 84.8 percent collaborative conversion rate during a 24-month period (April 1 2010 – March 31, 2012).

In the state of Florida, more than 4,000 patients are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. As a result of BHMC’s efforts, a total of 100 organs were recovered from over 28 organ donors. Additionally, 41 tissue donors helped improve the quality of life of over 3,000 tissue recipients with life improving tissue grafts.  

“Thanks to the generosity of donors and their families, and the dedication of our hospital staff and community partners, 82 people were given a second chance at life through an organ transplant, and thousands more will receive the gift of tissue transplants,” said Audra Lopez, transplant nurse practitioner.  

To support organ recipients, BHMC staff work closely with Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency (LAORA), one of the nation’s 58 federally designated organ recovery agencies certified and regulated by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Life Alliance is a tax-exempt, non-profit service organization that has the unique role of saving lives through organ donation and transplantation, as well as providing organs and tissues for research to advance medical science. LAORA is dedicated to procuring and fairly distributing organs and tissues for transplantation, providing comfort and assistance to bereaved donor families, educating health care professionals and the community about organ donation and improving transplant success rates by researching innovative organ recovery techniques and preservation technologies. LAORA serves a population of more than six million in the six counties of South Florida and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

“We deeply appreciate the recognition by the Department of Health and Human Services for our achievement in increasing the number of organs available for life-saving transplants,” said Lopez “It is an honor to collaborate with LAORA, and with donors and their families, to continue to change lives for the better through organ and tissue donation and transplantation.”

The awards ceremony took place at the seventh National Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice in Grapevine, Texas, on Oct. 4 and 5, 2012.

Broward Health, providing service for more than 70 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit BrowardHealth.org.