In a news release Thursday, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Buckhead announced it was among 404 hospitals, 38 organ procurement organizations and 174 transplant programs nationwide presented with an award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for efforts made to increase the number of organs available and transplanted.
Piedmont Atlanta representatives received the department’s Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at theAtlantafacility. The award was presented for work done from April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2012.
“Our team works tirelessly to give as many patients as possible the gift of a second chance through transplantation,” said Noreen Carew, executive director of the Piedmont Transplant Institute. “It is truly an honor to be recognized for our work by the Department of Health and Human Services.”
Additionally, Piedmont Atlanta’s transplant program was recently recognized as a bronze-level kidney transplant program and a bronze-level liver transplant program by The Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice. This distinction is given based on a program’s post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates and mortality rates after patients are placed on waiting lists.
Mark Johnson, M.D., Piedmont Atlanta’s transplant program director, noted that Piedmont is the only program in the state of Georgia recognized in both the adult kidney and liver transplantation categories. To date, Piedmont Atlanta’s transplant team has completed nearly 2,300 kidney transplants, more than 500 liver transplants and three heart transplants since April.
“I applaud these award winners for bringing the ‘gift of life’ to so many,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H. “Their tireless efforts to make improvements in the donation and transplantation field will continue to help save lives.”