Memorial, Penrose win organ donor award

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Memorial Health System and Penrose Health Center received an award for organ donation excellence from the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Medal of Honor is given to hospitals that have been able to sustain a donation rate of 75 percent or more for at least a year and have had at least eight potential organ donors.

The two hospitals were among 392 winning hospitals nationwide. It was the first time both Colorado Springs hospitals received the award.

The awards are part of the National Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative, an initiative launched in 2003 to encourage organ donation in hospitals throughout the country. The collaboration resulted in 590 organs transplanted in the last 26 months.