Matt Greene, ETMC Tyler trauma ICU nurse, accepts the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Medal of Honor for Organ Donation along with Sharon Brown, with the Southwest Transplant Alliance, during a meeting in New Orleans in October.
ETMC Tyler was one of 28 Texas hospitals that received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Medal of Honor for achieving and sustaining a high donation rate. ETMC was one of 371 hospitals nationwide receiving the honor at a ceremony in October in New Orleans. Hospitals were recognized for having a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors compared to the national average of 59 percent in 2005.
"As we celebrate these outstanding accomplishments, let us remember that behind each number is a human face: an individual who has made a gift of life by becoming an organ donor, and the people who have benefited from a life-giving, life-enhancing transplant," explains Kenneth Moritsugu, Acting U.S. Surgeon General.
Nationwide, almost 93,000 Americans are on the organ waiting list with most needing a kidney. To learn more about the organ donation process visit www.organ.org or to learn about ETMC Tyler's kidney transplant program visit www.etmc.org