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Hospitals honored for organ donor, transplant achievements

October 5, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday presented awards to  404 hospitals, 38 organ procurement organizations and 174 transplant programs for achieving and sustaining national goals for organ donation. "I applaud these award winners for bringing the 'gift of life' to so many," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, M.D. "Their tireless efforts to make improvements in the donation and transplantation field will continue to help save lives." HHS also honored 56 organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America affiliates, 15 state hospital associations, and 653 hospitals and transplant centers for their leadership in the Workplace Partnership for Life national hospital organ donation campaign, which enlists hospitals in increasing the number of registered organ donors. AHA is a national partner in the campaign and Donate Life America, a national alliance committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation. For more on these initiatives and their tools and resources for hospitals, visit www.aha.org/advocacy-issues/initiatives/organ-donor.shtml.