Sanford USD Medical Center is one of just 30 hospitals in the United States to receive the Gold Medal of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The award is given to hospitals who meet goals set for excellence in their organ donation programs.
Sanford had received the gold medal award three previous times, but this year award requirements were even more challenging. To receive the gold medal, three goals were required; 75 percent conversion rate (percentage of times a death meeting eligible criteria becomes an actual donor), 3.75 organs transplanted per donor and 10 percent donation after cardiac death.
The award speaks of several Sanford strengths including caring for the patient and optimizing outcomes throughout their hospital stay and the developed relationships between family members and staff, including physicians. Built-in best practices in end-of-life procedures are also a key to organ donation success.