New Hanover Regional Medical Center Earns National Recognition for its Organ Donation Program

October 27, 2009

WILMINGTON – The Department of Health and Human Services has recognized New Hanover Regional Medical Center for its commitment to saving lives through its organ donation program. NHRMC is one of only seven hospitals in North Carolina to be recognized for their success in increasing the number of organs available for transplantation. NHRMC will be presented with a Medal of Honor for Organ Donation by Lloyd Jordan, CEO of Carolina Donor Services on Thursday, October 29 at 11:00 a.m. in a ceremony in the Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

“We are very proud of our team here for their efforts in this program,” says Jack Barto, President and Chief Executive Officer of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “There are so many people in need of transplants in North Carolina and nationwide and we hope we can continue this trend so even more lives can be saved.”

Since 2005, NHRMC has had a 41% increase in the number of donors, which translates to 192 organs that have been transplanted to people who may not otherwise have had a chance to live. This increase is a direct result of the continuing education and commitment to increased awareness of the importance of organ donation.

Currently, there are more than 3,000 people waiting for an organ transplant in North Carolina and more than 103,000 are on the waiting list nationwide. New Hanover Regional Medical Center supports organ donation by working with Carolina Donor Services, a federally-designated, not-for-profit organ and tissue organization serving people in 79 counties of North Carolina and Danville, Virginia.

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New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 4,500 jobs directly and another 3,000 jobs indirectly.