Memorial recognized for organ-donation efforts

Memorial facilitated the most tissue donations of any state hospital last year, earning recognition from the Colorado Hospital Association and Donor Alliance.

Donor Alliance COO Jennifer Prinz and CHA President Steven Summer presented the award last week in Vail.

The award was created to recognize the commitment of Colorado hospitals, medical centers and health care professionals to saving lives through organ and tissue donation.

Memorial, now a part of the University of Colorado Health, facilitated the most tissue donations in 2011 with 58 donors, as well as 11 organ donors, resulting in 36 organs transplanted.

Also honored were Swedish Medical Center, Littleton Adventist Hospital and Mike McBride, CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

“These health care organizations and professionals provide much of the crucial front-line education to patients and donor families, illuminating the amazing possibilities of donation and transplantation. As a result of their work, more patients in need are saved and healed through the gifts of life,” said Sue Dunn, president and CEO of the Donor Alliance.

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, 124 organ donors and 966 tissue donors provided to thousands in need.