Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Calif., and Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, Calif., were honored in October for their success in saving lives by working with families to donate the organs of loved ones who died unexpectedly.
The two Providence Health & Services medical centers received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Silver Medal of Honor for achieving organ donation rates that meet standards of excellence. The two hospitals are among 22 throughout the seven-county area of Southern California served by OneLegacy, a nonprofit organization that coordinates organ transplants in the area.
Providence Holy Cross instigated the recovery of 93 organs representing an 80% rate of success working with donor families. Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance was credited with 28 successful transplants, an 84.6% success rate. Neither hospital performs organ transplants, but notifies OneLegacy of potential donors. OneLegacy works with hospital physicians, nurses and other clinicians to counsel families and, if approved, to coordinate the procedures.
The HHS Medal of Honor is awarded in three categories — gold, silver and bronze — to hospitals with organ donation rates that meet standards for excellence. The clinical achievements indicate the hospitals have integrated practices of donation in their standard procedures so more lives can be saved through organ transplants.
To become a donor, register at www.DonateLifeCalifornia.org.