WellStar Kennestone Hospital was honored with a Department of Health and Human Services Bronze Medal of Honor at the National Learning Congress in Grapevine, Texas, for having outstanding organ donation rates from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2012.
Attaining a Medal of Honor for conversion rate means that 75 percent or more of people who could become an organ donor did. WellStar Kennestone reached a 79 percent conversion rate by recovering 80 life-saving organs for people in end-stage organ failure.
Nationally there are more than 115,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ donor; of those people 3,500 are listed in Georgia.
The goal of the National Learning Congress is to quicken the spread of leading practices to continue breakthrough improvements in donation and transplantation, and to promote the adoption of performance improvement practices that optimize organ viability and increase the number of organs transplanted from each donor.