Medal of Honor for Organ Donation presented to two area hospitals for their commitment to saving lives through organ donation

Congratulations to Anne Arundel Medical Center and Frederick Memorial Hospital, who were honored last night with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for substantially raising the organ donation rates of eligible donors in their facility during an 18 month award period from January 2008 through March 2010. The medals were awarded during a ceremony at the National Learning Congress on Organ Donation and Transplantation in Dallas, Texas.

“The commitment by these hospitals, and many others in Maryland, to increase organ and tissue donation at their institutions has helped many transplant recipients in our community and will continue in assisting the 1,884 hopeful recipients who are currently waiting in Maryland,” said Charlie Alexander, president and CEO of The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland, a non-profit organization which helps facilitate the donation and recovery of human organs and tissues for transplantation and research along with providing advocacy, family support and comprehensive public and professional education.

The Medal of Honor is presented to hospitals and organ procurement organizations nationwide who achieve lifesaving organ donation rates of 75 percent or more for a sustained 18-month period. The Medal of Honor Award is one element of the Organ Donation Community of Practice, a national initiative to increase the number of lives saved through transplantation. In 2009, the Living Legacy Foundation facilitated 120 organ donors. From the generosity of those donors, 379 people were given a second chance at life through organ transplant. Additionally, 385 Maryland citizens became tissue donors resulting in thousands who will benefit from life enhancing tissue transplants of bone, skin, vein and eyes.