St. Mary’s Medical Center awarded Medal of Honor from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
Monday, 05 October 2009 
West Palm Beach, Fla. (October 5, 2009) – St. Mary’s Medical Center, in partnership with Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency, was awarded the SILVER 1 Medal of Honor by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at the 5th National Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice. Awards were presented at a two-day event held on September 30 – October 1, 2009, in Grapevine, Texas. 

The US Department of Health and Human Services selected 428 of the nation's hospitals/transplant centers for their success in meeting goals for increasing organ donation, as established by the Organ Donation and Transplantation Collaborative initiative launched in 2003. 

Objectives of the National Learning Congress include:

  • Quicken the spread of leading practices generating breakthrough improvements in donation and transplantation
  • Grow and sustain national accountability by all Partners in Action for achieving – and exceeding - the goals of 75% conversion rates,  3.75 organs transplanted per donor, 10% DCDs, and 35,000 deceased donor organs successfully transplanted
  • Welcome and Share our learning across the entire donation and transplantation Community of Practice
  • Increase the Momentum:  Recommit to a continuing collaborative process, provide insights into specific, experience-based leading practices, galvanize and energize the entire Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice to achieve the goal of saving even more lives
  • Set the stage for shared leadership anchored in local service area partnerships
  • Create a comprehensive Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice engaging Organ, Tissue, Cornea, and Donor Designation partners

St. Mary’s is committed to being one of the leading providers of critical care. To date, the hospital’s trauma center has served more than 25,000 patients.