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October 12, 2012
Loyola Receives Medal of Honor for Organ Donation and Transplantation
MAYWOOD, Ill. - Loyola University Medical Center has received a Medal of Honor for Organ Donation and Transplantation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Loyola received a Silver Medal for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors.
Loyola and other award winners were recognized based on their performance on post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates and mortality rates after patients are placed on waiting lists.
"I applaud these award winners for bringing the 'gift of life' to so many," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh. "Their tireless efforts to make improvements in the donation and transplantation field will continue to help save lives."
Loyola's organ transplant program includes kidneys, hearts, lungs and livers.
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.