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WakeMed Wins National Medal of Honor for Organ Donation
11/23/2009
RALEIGH, N.C. (November 20, 2009) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals announces it has been awarded a Silver National Medal of Honor for Organ Donation from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) for achieving and sustaining two out of three national goals for organ donation over a 12-month period. In all, 428 hospitals throughout the nation, including seven North Carolina hospitals, were presented with either a gold, silver or bronze medal.

The two national goals met by WakeMed were: achieving a 75 percent organ donation rate and a 10 percent donation rate after cardiac death (DCD). WakeMed and our affiliated organ procurement organization, Carolina Donor Services, were presented with the Medal of Honor at the Fifth National Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice held in Texas this fall. The HHS Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice connects donation and transplantation professionals with hospital leaders to identify best practices regarding the integration of organ donation into hospitals’ end-of-life care.

Upon the awards announcement, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, said, “Today we honor the partners who have collectively demonstrated extraordinary acts of humanity. We are humbled to recognize these public health stewards who offer such a profound service to society.”

For more information on organ donation in North Carolina, visit www.carolinadonorservices.org.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals, one of the first hospital systems in the country, is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties, including: a Level I Trauma Center and tertiary referral hospital and rehabilitation hospital in Raleigh, a community hospital in Cary, comprehensive outpatient centers and freestanding emergency departments in North Raleigh and Apex, seven outpatient rehabilitation sites, two skilled-nursing and outpatient facilities, a 100+-physician multispecialty practice, and home health services. The system includes accredited Chest Pain Centers and Joint Commission-certified Stroke Centers. Throughout the system, there are an additional 60 beds under construction and 41 newly approved by the state. WakeMed also provides management services for Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn, NC. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopaedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, including but not limited to nurses, technologists and medical support staff, 1000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies and facilities to ensure the finest in health care.