DCH Regional Medical Center Receives Gift of Life Award from Alabama Organ Center
DCH Regional Medical Center has been honored by the Alabama Organ Center and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its dedication to organ and tissue donation.
DCH Regional Medical Center is one of 13 hospitals to receive the AOC’s Gift of Life Award in recognition of the hospital’s efforts to educate staff and the public about organ donation.
DCH was also among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized taking part in a campaign to increase enrollment in state organ donor registries by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. The Workplace Partnership for Life campaign is an effort to increase the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors and ultimately, increase the number of organs available for transplant.
Chris Meeks, Executive Director Alabama Organ Center, said that 25 lives were saved from nine Donor Heroes at DCH last year. Tissue donations from 11 Donor Heroes from DCH helped up to 1,100 people, he said.
“Without engaged hospital partners, we would not be able to offer the donation opportunity to families and provide organs and tissues for transplant to the thousands of people waiting nationally,” Meeks said.
Today, over 115,000 men, women and children in the United States, including 2,200 in Alabama, are on the organ transplant waiting list, Meeks said. About 22 people die each day because an organ does not become available in time.
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