Bronson Awarded Organ Donation Medal of Honor

December 29, 2006


KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Bronson Methodist Hospital, in collaboration with Gift of Life Michigan, has been recognized for achieving outstanding organ donation rates by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This is the second consecutive year Bronson has been recognized for this achievement.


The Medals of Honor is in recognition of HHS’s Breakthrough Collaborative goal for hospitals around the country to achieve organ donation rates of 75 percent or greater. Nationally, 371 of largest hospitals were honored at the Second National Learning Congress on Organ Donation and Transplants in New Orleans. Bronson was one of 16 hospitals in Michigan to earn this recognition.


Hospitals with eight or more potential organ donors during the 26-month award period ending June 2006 were eligible for the Medals of Honor. All winning hospitals had to achieve and sustain a donation rate of 75 percent or more from among the eligible donors for at least a year.


Additional information on the HHS donation initiatives is available at www.organdonor.gov.

About Bronson Methodist Hospital
Bronson Methodist Hospital, located at 601 John St. in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., is the flagship of Bronson Healthcare Group, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving all of southwest Michigan and northern Indiana. With 343 licensed beds and all private rooms, Bronson Methodist Hospital provides care in virtually every specialty—cardiology, orthopedics, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, oncology—with advanced capabilities in critical care as a Level I Trauma Center; in neurological care as a JCAHO certified Primary Stroke Center; in cardiac care as the region’s only accredited Chest Pain Center; in obstetrics as the leading BirthPlace and only high-risk pregnancy center in southwest Michigan, and in pediatrics as one of only four children's hospitals in the state. The hospital is the recipient of the 2005 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and organizational performance excellence, and was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals for 2005 by Solucient.


Bronson Healthcare Group is one of Kalamazoo’s largest employers. For four consecutive years, it has been ranked by Working Mother magazine and for three straight years by FORTUNE as one of the nation’s 100 best companies to work for. With a workforce of more than 4,100, Bronson makes a significant contribution to the local economy. Annually, Bronson provides more than $48 million in community benefits through outreach and charitable care for the un- and under-insured. Bronson also serves the largest percentage of Medicaid patients of any Michigan hospital outside of the Detroit area.


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