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Hospital recognized for organ donations

For six consecutive years, The University of Kansas Hospital and Midwest Transplant Network have jointly received Medals of Honor for Organ Donation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The award recognizes the nation’s largest hospitals for achieving and sustaining a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors during a one-year period.

“MTN has educated the public in terms of organ donation and has worked with donor families with grace and understanding,” said Timothy Schmitt, MD, director of the hospital’s Center for Transplantation. “The people of the Midwest seem to understand the loss of a loved one can also mean a new life for many people on organ waiting lists.” 

Honoring donor families

To demonstrate the hospital’s deep appreciation to those who gave the gift of life through organ donation, staff honor families of each organ donor from our hospital. A special tribute ceremony is held in April – National Donate Life Month – when family members receive a rose and a certificate of recognition. The reception is hosted in conjunction with Midwest Transplant Network. 

In addition, in January, the hospital placed a rose honoring each of these donors on the Donate Life float in the Parade of Roses in Pasadena, California.  

Best possible match for patients

The hospital’s collaboration with MTN representatives helps our physicians and care providers evaluate and manage potential organ donors to find the best possible match for each of our transplant patients.

To learn more about organ donation or to schedule an evaluation for an organ transplant, call the hospital at 913-588-1227.