News | Published December 5, 2011

Mount Nittany Medical Center Nationally Recognized For High Organ Donation Rates

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Mount Nittany Medical Center with the Medal of Honor for Organ Donation in recognition of its success in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation.

The award recognizes hospitals that achieve and sustain a national goal of actual donation from at least three out of every four medically eligible donors at their facilities.

"According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one organ can save up to eight lives, yet 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ. So Mount Nittany Medical Center is extremely proud of this award, because we are dedicated to organ donation to help save and improve the lives of our community members," said Patty Watson, RN, MSN, vice president nursing and chief nursing officer at Mount Nittany Medical Center. "We appreciate all of the gifts of life from our donor families - they have helped us provide others with a second chance at life through transplantation."

HHS recognized 307 of the nation's hospitals with this award at the Sixth National Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice held in Grapevine, Texas.

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