MeritCare to Receive Medal of Honor for Organ Donation

LifeSource will recognize MeritCare for receiving the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Medal of Honor for Organ Donation on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m., at MeritCare Hospital, 801 Broadway N., Fargo. Dr. Bruce Pitts, MeritCare vice president of clinical services, will accept the award during the ceremony.

LifeSource will recognize MeritCare for receiving the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Medal of Honor for Organ Donation on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m., at MeritCare Hospital, 801 Broadway N., Fargo. Dr. Bruce Pitts, MeritCare vice president of clinical services, will accept the award during the ceremony.

In addition to this award, MeritCare will receive an award commemorating the fact that for three years it has consecutively earned this designation, which is an honor only 108 hospitals in the nation have received. The medal is awarded to hospitals that have achieved at least a 75 percent donation rate as part of the National Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative, which was launched in 2003.

"This award is a symbol of the number of families from our area who have chosen to give the gift of life. MeritCare receives this award on behalf of those families, and on behalf of the excellent medical teams who cared for these patients and their families," said Dr. Roger Gilbertson, MeritCare president/CEO.

Nationally, there are close to 100,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, including more than 2,500 in the Upper Midwest. At MeritCare alone, nearly 500 patients have received life-saving organs. One donor can save up to 60 lives through organ and tissue donation. For more information, including how to register in North Dakota, visit www.DonateLifeND.org.