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MMC Recognized For Commitment to Organ And Tissue Donation

November 01, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Caroline Cornish
207-662-4146 / ccornish@mmc.org

The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration awards Maine Medical Center’s organ transplant program Platinum Recognition

PORTLAND, Maine – The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) – Division of Transplantation has awarded Maine Medical Center’s organ transplant program Platinum Recognition for its commitment to increasing awareness around the need for organ and tissue donors. This is the highest national recognition possible by HRSA through its Workplace for Life campaign. MMC was the only hospital in Maine to achieve Platinum status.

MMC’s transplant rates are among the highest in New England. Since 2016, 49 people have donated their organs through MMC, leading to dozens of transplants. To help build awareness, MMC holds a number of events throughout the year to recognize both living and deceased donors. This work has made more local organs available to patients on the transplant list.

“This award is a testament to not only the phenomenal work of Maine Medical Center leadership and staff in supporting lifesaving organ and tissue donation, but also to the strong collaboration between our hospital and the New England Organ Bank,” said Ardyce Peters, Director of Transplant Services at Maine Medical Center.

Just one organ donor can save up to nine lives, and one tissue donor can improve the lives of 50 people. In 2016, the hospitals that make up New England Donor Services saved more than 1,000 lives. You can learn more about the Maine Transplant Program at Maine Medical Center here: https://mainehealth.org/maine-medical-center/services/nephrology/maine-transplant-program


About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2017-2018, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing nearly 7,500 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.

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