Michigan hospitals awarded for organ donation and transplantation success

Nineteen Michigan hospitals were honored for their tremendous success in achieving and sustaining national goals for organ donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at their facilities. Hospitals across the nation that achieve this goal receive bronze, silver or gold medals of honor from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Fourteen Michigan hospitals received silver medals for meeting the 75 percent conversion rate and one of the following goals: having a rate of 3.75 organs transplanted per donor or maintaining a 10 percent rate of organ recovery through an option known as circulatory determination of death. Gift of Life Michigan is one of 18 Organ Procurement Organizations that also received a silver medal. In addition, five hospitals received bronze medals for meeting the 75 percent conversion rate. These award-winning hospitals have worked closely with Gift of Life Michigan and the MHA Keystone Center through the MHA Keystone: Gift of Life collaborative. This year’s Medal of Honor recipients include:

  • Allegiance Health, Jackson (Bronze)
  • Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak Campus (Silver)
  • Borgess Medical Center, Kalamazoo (Silver)
  • Botsford Hospital, Farmington Hills (Silver)
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo (Silver)
  • Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit (Bronze)
  • Detroit Receiving Hospital (Silver)
  • Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc (Silver)
  • Hurley Medical Center, Flint (Silver)
  • Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph (Silver)
  • McLaren-Bay Region, Bay City (Silver)
  • McLaren-Flint (Silver)
  • Munson Medical Center, Traverse City (Silver)
  • Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center, Dearborn (Silver)
  • Sparrow Hospital and Health System, Lansing (Bronze)
  • Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids (Silver)
  • St. John Hospital & Medical Center, Detroit (Bronze)
  • St Mary’s of Michigan, Saginaw (Bronze)
  • University of Michigan Hospital & Health Centers, Ann Arbor (Silver) 

About MHA Keystone: Gift of Life

Michigan hospitals, in concert with the MHA Keystone Center and Gift of Life Michigan, have a longstanding commitment to improve organ donation processes and increase the number of registered donors. These efforts have contributed significantly to saving and improving the lives of thousands of residents and have helped increase the number of people signed up for the Michigan Organ Donor Registry to more than 2.8 million as of Sept. 27.

Individuals can register to become an organ donor by visiting the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.

This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.

Photo credit: Michigan Health and Hospital Association

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