PHILADELPHIA (November 14, 2008) - Hahnemann University Hospital was presented the 2008 Medal of Honor for Organ Donation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) during the fourth National Learning Congress in Nashville, Tennessee. The Medal of Honor was awarded to Hahnemann for achieving outstanding rates for organ donation, and for exemplary support of families to ensure that they have the opportunity to consider donation as an important end of life decision.
“As one of the region’s centers for heart, kidney, liver and pancreas transplantations, Hahnemann is keenly aware of the importance of organ donation,” said Michael P. Halter, FACHE, chief executive officer of Hahnemann University Hospital. “We fully support all efforts to educate patient families in a sensitive, respectful and caring manner at the appropriate time about the option of organ donation.”
This marks the second time that Hahnemann was a recipient of the prestigious Medal of Honor. The hospital first earned the distinction in 2005. Hahnemann is one of eighteen area hospitals to receive the award this year.
About Hahnemann University Hospital
Hahnemann University Hospital is a 541-bed academic medical center at Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia, Pa. The hospital is a tertiary care institution that specializes in cardiac services, heart failure and transplantation, OB/GYN, orthopedics, medical, surgical and radiation oncology, bone marrow transplantation, renal dialysis and kidney/pancreas/liver transplantation. Hahnemann is recognized by the American Heart Association as a leader in coronary artery disease and heart failure treatments. The hospital performed one of the city’s first kidney transplants in 1963 and one of the first bone marrow transplants in 1976. Hahnemann became Philadelphia’s first Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center for adults in 1986, and since then has been served by MidAtlantic MedEvac, an aeromedical transport program for critically ill patients. Hahnemann is proud to be the first hospital in Philadelphia to join with The Wellness Community of Philadelphia to offer onsite support and education services to cancer patients and their families. Hahnemann is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. An affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital is part of Tenet Pennsylvania, which also includes St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. To learn more about Hahnemann, visit www.hahnemannhospital.com
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