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Los Angeles nurse-led organ transplant team earns silver medal

Monday February 11, 2013
Nancy Blake, RN
Nancy Blake, RN
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As liaison for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to OneLegacy, an organ procurement agency for the greater Los Angeles area, Nancy Blake, RN, PhD, CCRN, NEA-BC, director of critical care services at CHLA, leads the organ transplant team. Her team received a silver Medal of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the 7th National Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice in the fall.

"Organ donation is the one positive thing that can come out of tragedy — the donor is giving another family and another child a second chance at life," Blake said in a news release.

The HHS Medal of Honor is awarded in three categories to hospitals with an organ donation rate that meets standards for excellence. Awardees are determined based on organ donation performance data for a two-year interval. During this two-year period, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles met a conversion rate of at least 75% and also met or exceeded the number of organs transplanted per donor goal of 3.75. The hospital’s efforts during this time resulted in 42 organs transplanted from donors.

"Helping families understand the importance of donation and coping with the decision is a team approach," Blake said in the release. "This great honor reflects the dedicated and delicate work of our physicians, nurses, respiratory care practitioners, child life specialists, hospital chaplains and many others."