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Miami Valley Hospital Earns National Organ Donation Medal of Honor for Transplant Services

Dayton, OH (October 14, 2009) – Miami Valley Hospital was recently recognized for achieving outstanding organ donation and conversion rates by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at the Fifth Annual National Learning Congress on Organ Donation and Transplantation held in Grapevine, Texas. The hospital earned a Silver Medal of Honor for achieving a donation rate of 75 percent or greater from eligible donors.

In winning the award – part of a national initiative to increase organ donation rates in the nation's largest hospitals –Miami Valley met the HHS criteria of having at least eight or more eligible donors during the 22-month award period ending in April 2009.

"To be recognized nationally for our commitment to organ donation is an honor and makes us extremely proud,” said Bonnie Coalt, RN, nursing director who accepted the award.
“Our team of physicians, nurses and other health care professionals are dedicated to fulfilling patients' and families' requests regarding the gift of organ donation,” added Harry Anderson, III, MD, trauma surgeon.

Miami Valley Hospital was also recognized for achieving a 20 percent overall increase in organ transplantation during the same time period.  Only 52 transplant centers in the nation given this honor and Miami Valley was the only Ohio hospital to be honored.
“I am proud of our accomplishments in the transplant program at Miami Valley Hospital Hundreds of patients have benefited from receiving a kidney transplant because of others who have given the gift of life, “ said Thav Thambi-Pillai, MD transplant surgeon.

Miami Valley Hospital works collaboratively with Life Connection of Ohio, the local organ procurement organization. According to Life Connection, a single donor has the potential to save up to eight lives through organ donation and enhances the quality of life for more than 50 people through tissue and eye donation. At present, more than 3,000 Ohio residents are in need of a life-saving transplant.