Nov. 30, 2010, DANVILLE – Geisinger Health System received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s (HHS) Silver Medal of Honor for Organ Donation. It is being recognized for its success in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation at both Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.
A total of 307 hospitals, 28 organ procurement organizations, 157 transplant programs and 11 individuals were acknowledged. Geisinger was selected for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at its facilities.
“It is a tremendous honor to have our efforts recognized, and to be acknowledged as one of the nation’s leaders in organ donation,” said Kenneth Wood, D.O., director of Critical Care, Geisinger Health System. “The Medal of Honor recognizes our commitment to quality that ultimately impacts patients in need of vital transplant services.”
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of HHS, provides federal oversight of the nation’s organ donation and transplantation network. HRSA is the primary federal agency for improving access to healthcare services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.
About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development and implementation of innovative care models including advanced medical home and ProvenCare ("warranty") program. The system serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 42 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org.
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