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Published on November 17, 2010

Avera Transplant Institute Receives National Awards

SIOUX FALLS (Nov. 17, 2010) – The Avera Transplant Institute is among the top 21 percent of transplant centers in the nation awarded through a new program which recognizes high performing transplant programs.

Receiving a bronze medal, the Avera Transplant Institute is the only transplant program in South Dakota and one of only two transplant centers in the Dakotas and Minnesota to earn awards.

The new award process was developed by the federal government’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice’s Transplant Center Task Force. The program measures performance, taking into account post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates, and mortality rates after being placed on the organ transplant waitlist. 

A total of 159 transplant programs were awarded, with one gold award nationwide, 10 silver, and 148 bronze. Only the top 21 percent of transplant programs nationwide were awarded.

In a separate awards program for organ donation rates, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center has earned the Silver Medal of Honor for Organ Donation from the Department of Health and Human Services for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors. Avera McKennan has earned the Medal of Honor since 2005.

Silver medal winners must reach or exceed two of the three national goals during the 12-month measurement period. These goals include an organ donation conversion rate of 75 percent or higher; more than 3.75 organs transplanted per donor (OTPD); and at least 10% of all donors recovered via donation after cardiac death (DCD). In total, 675 hospitals in the nation were honored for their leadership in organ donation.

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