Research Medical Center
November 13, 2017

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—recently received a Donate Life Award from Midwest Transplant Network for exceptional leadership in raising awareness of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. The honor was presented on Thursday, Nov. 2, during an awards luncheon at the Missouri Hospital Association’s 95th Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.

Midwest Transplant Network (MTN) is one of two organ procurement organizations providing services in Missouri and leads donation and transplantation efforts for Western Missouri and Kansas.

Research Medical Center exceeded the national goal for donation and transplantation by 4 percent, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services benchmark by nearly 20 percent. A member of MTN attends the hospital trauma department’s monthly meeting to ensure accountability process and outcomes for patients, while balancing the opportunity for patients to donate if options for a positive outcome are exhausted. Organ and tissue conversion rates have been consistent or improved in each of the past four years. According to MTN, Research Medical Center has the highest organ conversion rate in Kansas City at 95 percent and saved 71 lives this year.

“The team at Research Medical Center is very humbled to receive this award,” says Research Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Jackie DeSouza-Van Blaricum. “We have a relentless focus on our mission for the care and improvement of human life and the patient experience. That daily dedication allows us to work with families during their most vulnerable time when difficult decisions must be made. This award was made possible by the extraordinary collaborative effort that includes our trauma and ER physicians, Midwest Transplant Network and many others who assist patients and their families create a small positive from their tragic losses.”

Barnes-Jewish Hospital was recognized with the Donate Life Award by Mid-America Transplant, which leads the regional organ, tissue and eye donation programs throughout Eastern and Southern Missouri, Southern Illinois and Northeastern Arkansas.

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