DENVER, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 13, St. Anthony Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Parkview Medical Center and Rose Medical Center were recognized with Ending the Wait awards for their outstanding efforts in promoting organ and tissue donation in Colorado. The awards, now in their fifth year, are presented annually by Donor Alliance, the organ procurement organization serving Colorado and most of Wyoming, and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA).
Donor Alliance's CEO Sue Dunn and CHA President and CEO Steven Summer presented the awards during the CHA's 88th Annual Meeting in Vail, Colorado. The organizations created the awards to recognize the commitment of Colorado hospitals, medical centers and healthcare professionals to saving lives through organ and tissue donation. The selections are based on hospital size, trauma center designation and total number of donors and organs transplanted and are awarded annually to hospitals that demonstrate extraordinary efforts in organ and tissue donation.
St. Anthony Hospital recorded more lifesaving organs transplanted than any other hospital in 2012 with 71 donations from 20 different organ donors, as well as 61 tissue donors. Littleton Adventist Hospital facilitated seven organ donors resulting in 16 organs transplanted. In 2012, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center had 50 tissue donors, helping to save and heal innumerable lives. Pueblo's Parkview Medical Center showcased its extraordinary commitment to organ and tissue donation by facilitating the transfer of an organ donor to the state-of-the-art Donor Alliance Recovery Center in Denver. Rose Medical Center's staff is recognized for honoring patient wishes in end-of-life care with unwavering support of patients' desire for organ and tissue donation.
"Together with the Colorado Hospital Association, we are honored to once again publically recognize hospitals in our service area who have risen as leaders in donation and transplantation," said Sue Dunn, president and CEO of Donor Alliance. "Outstanding leadership, as demonstrated by these award winners, is what helps save hundreds of lives through transplantation in Colorado each year. We look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership with hospitals and transplant centers in working toward our ultimate goal of ending the wait for lifesaving transplants."
Each donor has the potential to save up to eight lives through organ donation and save and heal more than 100 through the gift of tissue donation. Last year in Colorado 126 organ donors and 1,017 tissue donors provided vital organs and healing tissue to thousands in need. Also, at the close of 2012, nearly 67 percent of Colorado's licensed drivers and ID card holders had joined the Donate Life Colorado Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. However, there are still currently more than 2,200 people in Colorado waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, so Donor Alliance and CHA know their efforts are not complete.
"Donor Alliance does outstanding work on a truly life-saving cause for many Coloradans," said Steven Summer, president and CEO of the Colorado Hospital Association. "CHA is proud to again partner with Donor Alliance to recognize outstanding health care facilities and leaders for their important efforts and contributions to our citizens' well-being."
For more information about organ and tissue donation, please visit DonorAlliance.org. To register to be an organ and tissue donor, please visit DonateLifeColorado.org or call 303-329-4747 for more information.
About Donor Alliance
Donor Alliance is the federally-designated, non-profit organ procurement organization and an American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) accredited tissue bank serving Colorado and most of Wyoming. As a recognized leader in facilitating the donation and recovery of transplantable organs and tissues, Donor Alliance's mission is to save lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. To achieve this mission, Donor Alliance employs an effective family approach and recovery programs in more than 100 hospitals. Donor Alliance also inspires the public to register as organ and tissue donors through community partnerships, public outreach and education campaigns throughout its donation service area. For more information visit the Donor Alliance website, or the Donate Life Colorado or Donate Life Wyoming Facebook pages.
SOURCE Donor Alliance