Children's Hospital Receives Top Honor for Organ Donation

Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center will receive the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Medal of Honor for Organ Donation on Oct. 19, 2006 at the second annual Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative National Learning Congress.


Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center will receive the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Medal of Honor for Organ Donation on Oct. 19, 2006 at the second annual Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative National Learning Congress. The Medal of Honor recognizes those who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of organ donation. Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in the Pacific Northwest receiving this award.

“The hospitals and organ procurement organizations receiving this award are being honored for their exemplary leadership and commitment to donors, donor families and the multitude of patients on the transplant waiting list,” said Diana Clark, president and CEO of LifeCenter Northwest, this region’s federally designated organ donation organization. “We are thrilled to work with Children’s, an exemplary medical center that is so dedicated to making organ donation a successful part of children’s healthcare.”

When someone dies, hospitals and organ procurement organizations (OPOs) work with families to help them cope with their loss and realize the wish of their loved one to save another’s life through organ donation. Those hospitals and OPO s who collaborated most successfully in providing these services to their patients were rewarded with this year’s Organ Donation Medal of Honor.

“The transplant team at Children’s is committed to improving access to organs for children with life-threatening illnesses,” said Dr. Jorge Reyes, director, Transplant Services at Children’s. “Many of our transplant doctors and surgeons are members of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and other national transplant organizations to ensure that organ donation policy and advancements best represent the needs of children.”

More than 90,000 people in the United States are currently awaiting a life-saving organ transplant, including almost 2,000 children. Each day, 18 of these people die due to the shortage of organs. In 2005, 53 children received transplanted organs in the six-state region served by children’s (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington). One person can potentially save or enhance the lives of up to 50 people, so registering to donate is important. There are three easy ways to register as a donor in Washington:

  • Register online at www.livinglegacyregistry.org
  • Call toll-free at 1-877-275-5269 and request a brochure to fill out and return.
  • Say ‘yes’ to organ donation when renewing your driver’s license. Residents who already have a heart or the word DONOR on their driver’s license are automatically added to the Living Legacy Registry.

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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