The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recognized Long Beach Memorial with its Gold Medal of Honor—one of just two hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange counties and only eight in California honored for remarkable efforts in saving lives through organ donations.
As part of its national Workplace Partnership for Life Campaign, the Gold Medal is awarded to hospitals with organ donation rates greatly exceeding national standards. Long Beach Memorial’s integrated practices for donations means more lives can be saved through organ transplants.
“This recognition reflects the success of our OneLegacy partnership and tremendous efforts of our hospital staff dedicated to saving and enhancing lives,” says Diana Hendel, PharmD, CEO, Long Beach Memorial, Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach and Community Hospital Long Beach. “Thanks to the generosity of donor families and registered donors, we are honored to help answer the needs of 123,000 people nationwide awaiting life-saving transplants.” The hospital works closely with the One Legacy local organ procurement organization, a Donate Life America affiliate, to educate and register new donors. In 2013, California organ donors saved 3,000 lives and improved thousands more with eye and tissue donations.
Long Beach Memorial’s sister facility, Miller Children’s, was one of 22 children’s hospitals across the U.S. and only one in a six-county region recognized with an HHS gold medal for excellence in organ donations, plus the only California hospital additionally honored with a Pediatric Distinction Award. Long Beach Memorial, along with Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, is the West’s second largest hospital campus.