St. James Receives LifeCenter Northwest’s Organ Donation, Tissue Donation Referral, & Collaboration Achievement Awards

St. James Healthcare was presented with three awards from LifeCenter Northwest recognizing the hospital's excellence in saving lives through organ and tissue donation—a Tissue Donation Referral Award, an Organ Donation Achievement Award, and a Collaboration Achievement Award. LifeCenter Northwest is the federally-designated organ procurement organization serving Alaska, Montana, North Idaho, and Washington.

"Because of our caregivers’ dedication and collaboration, St. James has been recognized with the Tissue Donation Referral, Organ Donation, and Collaboration Achievement Awards," said St. James Healthcare’s President Jay Doyle. “Through making donor referral calls in a timely manner, caring for potential donors and their families, and collaborating with LifeCenter Northwest, we know more lives will be healed.”

St. James Healthcare is one of only 26 hospitals in LifeCenter Northwest’s four-state, 230+ hospital Donation Service Area (DSA) that reached or exceeded a 95 percent tissue donation referral rate. In addition, St. James is one of only eight hospitals in the DSA with a two-year average of less than three potential organ donors per year reaching or exceeding a 75 percent donation rate. Lastly, St. James is one of only 28 hospitals across the DSA that reached or exceeded a 90 percent collaborative request rate.

“It is an honor to work with such dedicated hospital partners like St. James Healthcare,” says LifeCenter Northwest President and CEO, Kevin O’Connor. “We greatly appreciate the contributions they make every day to help save and heal lives through organ and tissue donation.”

Nearly 108,000 people in the U.S. are currently waiting for an organ transplant. Unfortunately, many of those people may never get the call saying that a suitable donor organ has been found. As such, organ donation is one of the greatest gifts a person can give, offering a second chance at life.

Additionally, tissue donation is critical to improving the quality of life for many individuals across the country. These gifts can help infants born with congenital heart defects, promote healing for burn victims, prevent amputation for veterans with traumatic nerve damage, and restore health and function for many other patients.

For more information, or to register to be a donor in Montana, please visit www.donatelifemt.org.

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