Jewish Hospital Honored by Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates

5/18/2012

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Louisville, Ky.— Jewish Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, received the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) Tissue Donation Performance Award for 2011.  The honor was presented to a select group of hospitals that achieved the highest tissue donation rates in KODA’s three-state service area.

The giving spirit of patients and their families helped make 2011 a very successful year for tissue donation for KODA. Jewish Hospital patients and their families generously saved the lives of thousands of patients in Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia by making tissue available for cornea transplantation, skin, bone and vein allografts, and heart valve implants.

“The kindness of patients and their families allows us to continue our ground-breaking work in transplantation,” Doug Howell, interim president and CEO of the Jewish Hospital Medical Center.  “Jewish Hospital, in partnership with the University of Louisville, is proud to have assisted KODA in its efforts to provide lifesaving tissue to patients in our community.”

“It is a great honor to receive this award from KODA, said Michael Marvin, Jewish Hospital director of Transplantation and University of Louisville professor of Surgery.  “As Jewish Hospital is a transplant center that receives organs donated from the people of Kentucky and its surrounding regions, it is a great honor to be able to give back to the community by assisting KODA in its tissue donation efforts and enacting the wishes of donors and their families through the gift of life.”

Jewish Hospital is home to a nationally recognized transplant center, in partnership with the University of Louisville School of Medicine.  The center is one of the country’s leading providers of organ transplantation. 

About Jewish Hospital
Jewish Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, is an internationally renowned high-tech tertiary referral center developing leading-edge advancements in hand and microsurgery, heart and lung care, cancer care, home care, rehab medicine, sports medicine, orthopaedics, neuroscience, occupational health, organ transplantation and outpatient and primary care.  Site of the world’s first successful hand transplant, the world’s first and second successful AbioCor® Implantable Replacement Heart procedures, and world’s first trial of cardiac stem cells in chronic heart failure, the hospital is in the select group that performs heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplantation.

About the University of Louisville
The University of Louisville is Kentucky's metropolitan research university, with 22,000 students attending classes at 11 colleges and schools on three campuses. Bordered by its many medical partners, UofL's downtown Health Sciences Center is home to more than 3,000 students pursuing degrees in health-related fields with the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing and Public Health and Information Sciences, as well as 14 interdisciplinary centers and institutes.

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