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HHS Recognizes Grand Strand Regional Medical Center with Highest Organ Donation Rates

January 20, 2011

Myrtle Beach, SC - Grand Strand Regional Medical Center is one of six hospitals in South Carolina hospitals recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for success in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation.  HHS recognized 307 of the nation’s hospitals with the HHS Medal of Honor for Organ Donation.

The award recognizes hospitals that achieve and sustain national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at their facilities. (Three out of every four medically eligible donors became donors.)

In addition to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, other South Carolina hospitals receiving the Bronze Medals for achieving a 75 percent or greater conversion rate are: Lexington Medical Center, Providence Hospital, Self Regional Healthcare. Trident Medical Center and AnMed Health.

South Carolina’s winning hospitals collaborate closely with the state’s organ procurement organization, LifePoint, Inc., to implement best practices for honoring the final wishes of organ and tissue donors.   

Nancy A. Kay, LifePoint President and CEO, said, “We would like to congratulate the six South Carolina hospitals that received these prestigious awards. This national recognition is really a credit to their hard work. It shows their commitment to saving lives through donation and ultimately transplantation by honoring the wishes of donors and their families.”

The wishes of individual’s desiring donation, along with their legal consent, can now be indicated by potential donors on a South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry, www.Every11Minutes.org.  Established in December 2008, the registry is providing LifePoint, South Carolina hospitals, and families with increased clarity about a potential donor’s end-of-life wishes.

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