UW Organ and Tissue Donation Honors SwedishAmerican Hospital for Maximizing the Gift of Life

SwedishAmerican Hospital and SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere is pleased to announce it received the Excellence in Tissue Donation award for its ongoing commitment to saving lives through organ donation. 16 hospitals were honored by University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD) for their efforts in organ donation. SwedishAmerican was the only hospital in Rockford to receive an award.

The UW OTD Award of Hope recognizes the comprehensive work of hospitals that achieve or exceed the goals of two important measures that maximize the gift of life: the true donor conversion rate (TCR), which means the percent of medically eligible donors that become actual donors; and organs transplanted per donor (OTPD), which measures the average number of organs recovered from each donor.

The Excellence in Tissue Donation award was given to Wisconsin Tissue Bank partner hospitals who achieved at least a 60 percent consent rate.  This metric measures the collaborative work between the hospital staff and tissue bank in coordinating communication around tissue consent conversations.

“SwedishAmerican’s Organ and Tissue Donation Committee is extremely honored to receive this award from UW Health,” said SwedishAmerican Critical Care Unit Manager Jeanna Babcock. “Our team rallies together and works extremely hard when we have a potential organ donor. Our main goal is to fulfill the wishes of our donors and their families and to help those waiting for a transplant to get a second chance at life.”

"The clinical management of donors, coupled with a hospital's compassionate support of donor families, is a critical component to saving lives through the gift of organ donation and transplantation," said Michael Anderson, executive director of UW OTD. "We honor these hospitals and their incredible physicians and nursing teams for working so hard to help ensure that those who are waiting for a transplant will get a second chance at life."

The 2018 Award of Hope winners were honored during a ceremony on May 17 in Madison. For more information about SwedishAmerican’s organ and tissue donation efforts, please visit www.swedishamerican.org.