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Geisinger hospitals honored for organ, tissue donation efforts

CONTACT: Matthew Van Stone: 570-808-3248
Jan. 16, 2013

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) both recently earned the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Medal of Honor for Organ Donation Hospital Award. GWV and GMC were silver medal winners in the program that honors hospitals and organ procurement organizations that sustain national goals for organ and tissue donation.

A total of 404 hospitals and 38 organ procurement organizations were honored nationwide. GMC and GWV are two of 237 hospitals in the country to earn the silver medal and two of 17 in Pennsylvania. To qualify for a silver medal, a facility must achieve a donation rate of 75 percent or greater of eligible donors and a donation rate of 10 percent or greater of eligible donors suffering cardiac death.

“The HHS silver medal is a great source of pride for our organization and the patients we serve because out of a traumatic situation, we are saving the lives of countless people down the road,” said John Skiendzielewski, M.D., Geisinger Clinic emergency medicine service line director. “It is our hope that more and more people come to learn of the lives saved from organ donation and our facilities continue to serve as the facilitators of this process.”

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) at HHS supports the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice initiative, which brings together donation and transplantation professionals, hospital staff and other professionals involved in the donation process to identify and share best practices. HRSA, which leads federal efforts to increase organ and tissue donation and transplantation, provides federal oversight of the nation’s organ donation and transplantation network.

About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 17,000 employees, including a 900-member multi-specialty group practice, six hospital campuses, two research centers and a 290,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $5.5 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit  Geisinger. Follow the latest Geisinger news and more at Twitter and  Facebook.

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