HOUSTON (Dec. 1, 2009) – Ben Taub General Hospital received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services bronze Medal of Honor at the Fifth National Learning Congress on Organ Donation and Transplantation for its success in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation.
“We’re honored to receive an award that validates our efforts in giving Houstonians and people nationwide a second chance at life through organ donation,” says Peter Dancy, associate administrator, Ben Taub General Hospital. “We’ve made incredible progress in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation and remain committed to this cause.”
Hospitals that received the bronze medal achieved or exceeded a 75 percent conversion rate — when potential donors become actual donors — during any 12-month period within the 22-month award period ending in April 2009. Awards were presented to hospitals based on their performance in meeting or exceeding one or more of three goals: improving donation rates, increasing the number of organs donated per individual donor to 3.75 or higher and expanding clinical processes for recovering organs.
The number of transplants performed from deceased organ donors in 2008 was 21,746. Nearly 10,000 Texans and more than 103,000 individuals throughout the U.S. currently await an organ donation and thousands more need donations of tissue.
“People in our city and nationwide await lifesaving organ and tissue donations,” Dancy says. “Registering as an organ or tissue donor is the first step in proactively supporting this important program.”