May 10, 2013Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) recently received the Organ Donation Medal of Honor from LifeLink of Georgia, an independent, non-profit, organ and tissue recovery organization dedicated to serving patients in need of transplant therapy and their families. The Medal of Honor recognizes hospitals that achieve a 75 percent or better organ donation rate from eligible donor families during a consecutive 12-month period. This is the sixth time NGMC received this award.
“Organ and tissue transplants offer patients a new chance at healthy, productive lives,” says Sheila Sullens, RN, Chair of NGMC’s Organ and Tissue Donation Committee. “One organ and tissue donor can save or enhance as many as 60 lives. While these lifesaving opportunities come at the expense of tragic situations, we are honored to be a part of these important decisions and grateful for the families who make them.”
For more information about signing up to be an organ donor, visit www.donatelifegeorgia.org.
Pictured: LifeLink’s Director of Hospital Development Kim Kottemann presenting the organ donation Medal of Honor to ICU unit manager Sheila Sullens