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DeKalb Medical Honored for its Commitment to Saving Lives through Organ Donation

May 23, 2011

Atlanta, GA -- DeKalb Medical has been awarded the Medal of Honor from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for its support of organ donors and their families. DeKalb Medical was recognized for outstanding organ donation rates from October 2008 through March 2010, and received the bronze medal, which represents a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors at their facilities.

DeKalb Medical is an amazing hospital system,” stated Mary Claire Montilus, Hospital Development Liaison for LifeLink of Georgia, the state’s Organ Procurement Organization. “The hospital’s commitment to their patients and those in need is apparent.”

Nationally there are more than 110,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ donor; of those people 3,200 are listed in Georgia. Through the efforts of hospitals like DeKalb Medical, people like Christine Caesar are able to enjoy a second chance at life. Christine was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in the early 1990s; her health continually declined which lead to kidney and liver failure. Christine received the Gift of Life in 2006. “I’m so grateful to my donor.” she says. “They gave me my independence back.”

The long-range goal of the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice, of which DeKalb Medical and LifeLink are members, is to create systems that will assure accurate and timely referrals, screening, consent, organ recovery, placement and successful transplantation using organ donation and transplantation best practices. This is being achieved by implementing organ procurement organizations, hospitals, and transplant center specific practices that focus on the needs and strengths of each institution with the understanding that success is achieved when grieving families find comfort in their decision to donate and end-stage organ failure patients receive the life-sustaining organ they need.

For more information about organ and tissue donation contact Kaysha Cranon, Public Affairs Coordinator, LifeLink of Georgia 770-225-5465 or visit the web site at www.LifeLinkFound.org

About DeKalb Medical

With more than 800 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties, DeKalb Medical combines cutting-edge technology with compassion to effectively diagnose and treat our patients. A leader in cancer, heart attack treatment and orthopedics, our non-profit health system and DeKalb Medical Physicians have been growing with metro-Atlanta’s medical needs since 1961.

More than just a provider of hospital services, DeKalb Medical has helped usher in a new era of electronic medical records that puts information at your doctor’s fingertips for improved patient safety and outcomes. Our 627-bed system includes DeKalb Medical at North Decatur (451 beds), DeKalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur (76 beds) and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds). Committed to pushing beyond to excel in patient satisfaction and service, our quality is reflected in many clinical excellence awards throughout our three-hospital system including recently ranking in the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services by HealthGrades® (2011).

Kaysha Cranon
Public Affairs Coordinator
LifeLink of Georgia
770-225-5465/800-544-6667
kaysha.cranon@lifelinkfound.org

Tori Vogt
Media Relations Coordinator
DeKalb Medical
404.501.2885
tori.vogt@dekalbmedical.org

2701 North Decatur Road Decatur, GA 30033
404.501.1000
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