8600 Old Georgetown Road | Bethesda, MD 20814
Gift of Life Earns Suburban Hospital a Gold Medal of Honor
Contact: Ronna Borenstein-Levy
; 301-896-2598 ; rborenstein@suburbanhospital.org

BETHESDA, Md. (November 10, 2010)  Suburban Hospital was one of only 8 hospitals nationwide to be awarded a Gold Medal of Honor for achieving or exceeding every parameter for organ donation established by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  Together, Suburban Hospital and Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC), the non-profit organization that helps facilitate the organ and tissue donor process at all Washington-area hospitals, work continuously to offer the families of deceased patients the option to save lives through the precious gift of donation.  Nearly 110,000 patients nationally are awaiting life-saving organ transplants, and many die while waiting for available organs for transplant.


Among the goals set by DHHS is the number of organs donated per donor.  While the goal is 3.75, Suburban Hospital averages four or more organs per donor.


“It is through the diligence of our staff working together to provide support for our most critical patients and their early and continued collaboration with the staff of WRTC that we have achieved these outcomes, said Kimberley V. Kelly RN, MBA, CCRN, Nursing Director of ICU and Respiratory Care.  “Through this collaboration and optimal patient management, we have been able to provide the gift of a life-saving organ to numerous waiting recipients.  And we have been able to offer families the opportunity to give this gift of life, at what is undoubtedly a “darkest hour” for them.” 


For more information on becoming an organ donor through WRTC, visit www.beadonor.org.   


About Suburban Hospital

Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and the surrounding area for more than 65 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with world-class institutions, including the neighboring National Institutes of Health.  


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