Medal for Excellence in Organ Donation

Donor hospitals from across Michigan, including Allegiance Health, were recognized nationally earlier this month for outstanding accomplishments in organ donation.

Donor hospitals from across Michigan, including Allegiance Health, were recognized nationally earlier this month for outstanding accomplishments in organ donation. Allegiance Health was the recipient of a bronze medal granted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Hospitals across our state are working hard to improve the donation process for donors and their families wanting to help save lives. In doing so, they also offer hope to the more than 3,000 people waiting in Michigan for transplants today,” said Richard Pietroski, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan.

The winning hospitals converted at least 75 percent of eligible candidates for organ donation, which is a national goal set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Nearly 400,000 people joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in 2011, compared with 320,000 in 2010, representing a 25 percent increase. While this increase is encouraging, Allegiance Critical Care Services Manager Michael Barabash said,”If you don’t have a red heart above your picture on your Michigan driver’s license, you are likely not on the organ donation registry. The need for organs for donation is great, so please go to GiftofLifeMichigan.org to add your name to the registry and some day you could give the gift of life.”

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