Sierra Vista Receives Medal of Honor for Organ Donation 
Ron Yukelson 
Thursday, 04 November 2010 

Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center has been awarded a bronze Organ Donation Medal of Honor. The Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services issued the award at its sixth annual National Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice and Medal in Grapevine, TX earlier this month.

Sierra Vista was one of 307 hospitals honored nationally and the only hospital on the Central Coast. Sierra Vista was recognized with the Bronze Medal for achieving a 75 percent  collaborative conversion rate in addition to achieving and sustaining national goals for donation.

“These (honored) organizations have all made a real difference by working to increase the number of organs available for transplantation,” said Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., RN, administrator of HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which leads federal efforts to increase organ and tissue donation and transplantation. “Together, they are helping to save and improve the lives of individuals across America.”