MAYWOOD, Ill.— Loyola University Medical Center has received a Medal of Honor for Organ Donation and Transplantation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Loyola received a Silver Medal for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors.
Loyola and other award winners were recognized based on their performance on post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates and mortality rates after patients are placed on waiting lists.
"I applaud these award winners for bringing the 'gift of life' to so many," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh. "Their tireless efforts to make improvements in the donation and transplantation field will continue to help save lives."
Loyola's organ transplant program includes kidneys, hearts, lungs and livers.