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SwedishAmerican receives ‘Award of Hope’ from UW OTD

SwedishAmerican was one of 17 hospitals recently recognized by the University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation (UW OTD) for its commitment to saving and improving lives through organ and tissue donation.

SwedishAmerican Hospital received the Bronze Award of Hope, while the SwedishAmerican Medical Center in Belvidere was recognized with the Excellence in Tissue Donation award.

The UW OTD Award of Hope recognizes the comprehensive work of hospitals that achieve or exceed the goals of two important measures that maximize the gift of life: the true conversion
rate (TCR), which measures the percent of medically eligible donors that become actual donors; and organs transplanted per donor (OTPD), which measures the average number of organs
recovered from each donor. Hospitals earn a gold, silver or bronze award depending on an OTPD of 3.25 (bronze), a true conversion rate of at least 75 percent (silver), or meeting both
metrics (gold).

The Excellence in Tissue Donation award is given to Versiti partner hospitals who achieve at least a 60 percent consent rate.  This metric measures the collaborative work between the hospital staff and tissue bank in coordinating communication around tissue consent conversations.

The award winners were honored during a ceremony May 8  in Wisconsin Dells.