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Sinai Hospital of Baltimore Receives Medal of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore has received the U.S. Health
and Human Services Medal of Honor Award for the hospital's commitment to saving
lives through organ donation.
The Medal of Honor is presented to hospitals and organ
procurement organizations nationwide who achieve lifesaving organ donation rates
of 75 percent or more for a sustained 12-month period. The Medal of Honor Award
is one element of the Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative, a national
initiative to increase the number of lives saved through transplantation.
"This award is a testament to our dedicated staff and
physicians who work to encourage organ donation, and to the families who
generously choose to give the gift of life," said Neil Meltzer, president and
COO of Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. "We are very proud to receive this
The Living Legacy Foundation, the nonprofit organization
responsible for managing organ donation activities in the greater Baltimore
area, partners with Sinai Hospital to provide the bridge between the loss of
life and the gift of life. In 2006, Sinai Hospital had 14 people generously
extend the gift of life to more than 45 people in the mid-Atlantic region
waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.
Marylanders can document their wishes to be an organ and
tissue donor by registering online at www.thellf.org or checking the box on their
driver's license application or renewal form. Individuals are also encouraged to
talk with their loved ones about their wishes. Below are facts about organ
More than 93,000 people in the United States are
waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, 2,500 of those people are from
Every 12 minutes another name is added to the
national organ transplant waiting list; sadly, an average of 18 people die
each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
On average, about 70 people in the United States
receive an organ transplant each day.
Organ, tissue and eye transplants save or improve
the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every year.
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore is a member of LifeBridge
Health, a regional health organization, which includes Northwest Hospital
Center, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Jewish Convalescent
& Nursing Home, and related subsidiaries and affiliates.
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