EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire received two awards from the University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation for its organ donation efforts:
- Excellence in Tissue Donation Award
This award is given to partner hospitals who achieved at least a 60% consent rate. This metric measures the collaborative work between the hospital staff and tissue bank in coordinating communication around tissue consent conversations.
- Award of Hope bronze-level recognition
The Award of Hope recognizes the comprehensive work of hospitals that achieve or exceed the goals of consent conversations with potential donors and donor families, and the clinical expertise in providing the best possible outcome for each organ.
“Organ donation is such an important cause,” says Jason Beckermann, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System surgeon and physician champion for the organ donation program at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. “These awards represent our hospital's hard work and dedication in supporting organ donor families and ensuring quality clinical results.”
In addition to the two organizational awards, Donn Dexter, M.D., a Mayo Clinic Health System neurologist, received the inaugural Donn Dexter Physician Excellence Award from University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation. This award recognizes his comprehensive leadership and clinical work to support organ donation.
“While our team was creating the award criteria, Dr. Dexter's name and work was mentioned as the gold standard,” says Holly Thomas, University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation. “After citing his work as examples, we decided that the award should be named in his honor. He demonstrates dedication to donation through his leadership, community outreach, mentoring, clinical expertise and participation in organ donation advocacy. Organ donation efforts are stronger and more effective due to his work.”
“When someone makes the generous offer of organ donation, as many as eight lives can be saved,” Dr. Dexter says. “I try to never lose sight of how this life-giving gift can be a great legacy and comfort to the family and a real gift to the recipient.”
More than 116,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant, and 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. To enroll in Wisconsin's Donor Registry, visit the Donate Life Wisconsin website.
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Press ContactKristin Everett