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Published on February 18, 2013

St. Cloud Hospital Receives Award for Organ and Tissue Donation

St. Cloud Hospital received the Medal of Honor Award for organ donation by achieving national goals for collaborative work in donation during the past two years. The award was presented Feb. 13 by LifeSource Organ & Tissue Donation on behalf of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These goals assure that processes are in place that will give patients and families the opportunity to extend the gift of life to the high number of patients on the transplant waiting list. In the seven years of existence for the HHS goals, this is the sixth Medal of Honor Award that St. Cloud Hospital has received.

St. Cloud Hospital is one of 15 hospitals in the LifeSource service area, which includes 280 hospitals in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. There were 404 hospitals recognized nationally. LifeSource is a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation in the Upper Midwest.

In 2012, St. Cloud Hospital had four organ donors who benefited 19 organ recipients and nine tissue donors who benefited approximately 600 recipients. Also, 40 eye donors resulted in 37 cornea transplants, four sclera transplants and 36 eyes were devoted to medical research and education.

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