AnMed Awarded Silver Medal for Organ Transplants
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 8:38PM

Six South Carolina hospitals received awards from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in November of 2010, for their success in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation. Our state’s six winners were among 307 of the nation’s hospitals that received the department’s Medal of Honor for Organ Donation during a ceremony at the 6th Annual National Learning Congress held in Grapevine, Texas.

Hospital executives, along with their respective partners in all 58 federally designated organ procurement organizations (OPOs), were honored for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at their facilities. (Three out of every four medically eligible donors became donors.)

One South Carolina hospital, AnMed Health in Anderson, was awarded a Silver 1 Medal for, not only achieving a 75 percent conversion rate, but also 3.75 organs transplanted per donor. Only 219 hospitals in the U.S. had this distinction. 

Five other South Carolina hospitals received Bronze Medals for achieving a 75 percent or greater conversion rate:

Grand Strand Regional Medical Center – Myrtle Beach

Lexington Medical Center – West Columbia

Providence Hospital – Columbia

Self Regional Healthcare – Greenwood

Trident Medical Center-Charleston

South Carolina’s winning hospitals collaborate closely with the state’s OPO, LifePoint, Inc., to implement best practices for honoring the final wishes of organ and tissue donors.   

Nancy A. Kay, LifePoint President and CEO, said, “We would like to congratulate the six South Carolina hospitals that received these prestigious awards. This national recognition is really a credit to their hard work. It shows their commitment to saving lives through donation and ultimately transplantation by honoring the wishes of donors and their families.”

The wishes of individual’s desiring donation, along with their legal consent, can now be indicated by potential donors on a South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, Established in December 2008, the registry is providing LifePoint, South Carolina hospitals, and families with increased clarity about a potential donor’s end-of-life wishes.

HRSA’s Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice brings together donation and transplantation professionals and hospital leaders to identify and share best practices to integrate organ donation into hospitals’ end-of-life care.

For more information about the Medal of Honor or the S.C. Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, contact:  Mark Johnson, Media Relations Coordinator - LifePoint, at 1-800-462-0755 or 843-763-7755.

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