Moses Cone Hospital Awarded Silver for Organ Donation
Cone Health has received its first silver medal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its work in organ donation at The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital. The hospital was recognized for taking steps to ensure that at least 75 percent of people who wanted to donate organs did so at the end of life. Moses Cone Hospital is one of only 237 hospitals nationally named a Silver Medal Hospital.
Most people decide to be an organ donor in advance by having a heart icon placed on their North Carolina driver’s license. But choosing to be an organ donor is just one step. “Once it is time to carry out someone’s final wish of being an organ donor, there is a tremendous amount of work to do,” says Marlienne Goldin, RN, Director, Department 3100-Intensive Care Unit. “After the patient has been declared brain dead, we will spend at least 48 hours making sure the donor’s organ functions are preserved while recipients for the organs are found and surgical teams are coordinated. It’s quite a process.”
The award was presented at the National Organ Donation Congress. The medal will rotate to all Moses Cone Hospital departments that cared for donor patients during the past year.
“From one death, we can save seven lives. If you don’t have a heart on your license, get one,” urges Goldin.