Fremont, CA, October 22, 2012- Washington Hospital has been honored by the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) with its Bronze Medal of Honor for its work to
reduce the number of people waiting for an organ or tissue transplant.
“The patient first ethic drives our actions, which is why supporting
transplant donation is an important part of what we do as a community
hospital,” said Nancy Farber, Chief Executive Officer of Washington
Hospital Healthcare System. “This recognition was achieved because
of our dedicated team of physicians, nurses and all other caregivers who
understand the value of organ and tissue donation to help give the gift
California Transplant Donor Network, which works with hospitals on organ
and tissue donation in Northern California, joined in the recognition
for that effort.
“CTDN is pleased to share in recognizing Washington Hospital. What
we see each day in working with them is a commitment to the idea that
lives are saved and improved through organ and tissue donation. It is
great to see this recognition for Washington Hospital at a national level,”
said Cindy Siljestrom, Chief Executive Officer for CTDN.
About 10,000 people are waiting for organs alone in the area served by
CTDN. Last year, after all possible measures to save their lives had been
exhausted, Washington referred 40 patients as possible donors. As a result,
four people became donors, and 11 organs were recovered. Also, there were
16 tissue donors at the hospital in 2011.
Eight people potentially can be saved through a single organ donor, and
that same donor can improve the lives of more than 50 people through tissue
donation. People can register as a donor by going to www.ctdn.org.
About Washington Township Health Care District: Washington Township Health Care District is governed by an elected board
of directors. Unlike a municipal or county hospital, Washington Hospital’s
operating expenses, research, community programs, and employee salaries
are funded by revenues generated through providing patient and other health
care services. Washington Hospital Healthcare System includes a 389-bed
acute-care hospital; the Taylor McAdam Bell Neuroscience Institute; The
Gamma Knife® Center; Washington Radiation Oncology Center; Washington
Outpatient Surgery Center; Washington Outpatient Rehabilitation Center;
Washington Interventional Center; Institute for Joint Restoration and
Research; the Institute for Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery; and
Washington West, a complex which houses Washington Women’s Center,
Outpatient Imaging Center, Sandy Amos R.N. Infusion Center, Washington
Urgent Care and additional outpatient hospital services and administrative