San Joaquin General Hospital has been honored by the federal agency overseeing organ and tissue donation for its work to reduce the number of people waiting for an organ or tissue transplant.
A Silver Medal of Honor was awarded to the hospital by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday.
“San Joaquin General Hospital is pleased to receive the HHS Silver Medal in recognition of our ongoing collaboration with the California Transplant Donor Network,” the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer Jerry Royer said in a press release. “We offer the option of organ and tissue donations to families whose loved ones have died. We acknowledge the many lives saved and approved by organ and tissue donations.”
Each hospital is encouraged to meet three national standards for organ and tissue donation. San Joaquin is being recognized for achieving or exceeding two of those standards.
CTDN, which works with the hospitals on organ and tissue donation in Northern California, joined in the recognition for that effort.
About 10,000 people are waiting for organs alone in the area served by CTDN. Last year, after all possible measures to save their lives had been exhausted, San Joaquin referred 31 patients as possible donors.
As a result, eight people became donors, and 39 organs were recovered. Also, there were 10 tissue donors at the hospital in 2111.
Eight people potentially can be saved through a single organ donor, and that same donor can improve the lives of more than 50 people through tissue donation, according to CTDN.