Fairview Hospital Wins Gold Medal of Honor for Increasing Organ Donation Rates

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April 8, 2011

Fairview Hospital will receive an award Monday, April 11, at 2 p.m. as one of eight hospitals nationwide, and the only hospital in Ohio, to earn the Gold Medal of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its success in increasing organ donation rates.

Fairview Hospital will receive the Gold Medal of Honor, the highest honor, for reaching or exceeding all three goals of the Community of Practice: improving donation rates to 75 percent or higher, increasing the number of organs donated per individual donor to 3.75 or higher and implementing a Donation after Cardiac Death (DCD) program resulting in at least 10 percent of donations coming from DCD donors.

“We are honored to be receiving this award and proud that Fairview Hospital has helped save so many lives,” said Fairview Hospital President Janice Murphy. "This is a testament to our commitment of working together to give patients a second chance at life."

Ally Thadeus-Zappe, a double lung transplant recipient and a 28-year-old Rocky River mother, will be speaking at the event to detail her story and show her appreciation for the program.

The event will be held in Fairview Hospital’s ParkView Atrium. Murphy will host the event and members of the hospital’s administration will accept the award.

About Fairview Hospital

Fairview Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital, is a faith-based, not-for-profit 504-bed hospital dedicated to providing high quality, patient-focused healthcare. Fairview Hospital has a staff of more than 900 physicians in more than 60 specialties. For more information, please visit www.fairviewhospital.org.

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