SAINT FRANCIS RECOGNIZED FOR ORGAN DONATIONS - The Only Connecticut Hospital To Receive Award Three Years in a Row

(Hartford, CT) – Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been awarded the Medal of Honor for organ donation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The medal is awarded to those hospitals that achieve at least a 75 percent organ donation rate among eligible donors during a 12-month period.

This is the third consecutive year that Saint Francis has received this award, making it the only Hospital in Connecticut to achieve such recognition.

“Over the last three years, Saint Francis has facilitated 16 organ donations from patients with traumatic injuries. It is truly rewarding to know that through these organ donations, others are given a chance at life,” said Kathleen Roche, M.S., R.N., Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services.

Representatives of LifeChoice Donor Services recently congratulated Saint Francis for achieving this unique distinction.

“It is an honor for us to recognize the commitment of Saint Francis, their relationship with donor families, and most importantly, their efforts to help others in need through this lifesaving program,” said Jami Tyska, Hospital Development Specialist, LifeChoice Donor Services.

LifeChoice Donor Services coordinates organ donations in Northern Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets and is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.