Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center
has been named an outstanding hospital partner by LifeSource, the St. Paul
based organ procurement organization. In 2005, Sioux Valley had a donation rate of 83%
according to LifeSource. The rate is calculated by dividing the total number of actual donors by the total number of eligible. The national average is around 60%. Sioux Valley
will be recognized on Donate Life Day, April 29, 2006, during a presentation in St. Paul, Minnesota
had the highest number of donors it has ever had in 2005, with 36 donors providing organs for 118 grateful recipients. The donation rate for SD in 2005 was 72%.
More than 90,000 people are on a waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States,
including more than 2,400 in the Upper Midwest
, according to LifeSource.