Hot Springs, Arkansas (April 15, 2013) – Mercy Hospital Hot Springs received the Organ Donation Medal of Honor from the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA) for its work in promoting organ donation.
The medal was presented during the Donate Life Family Circle Rose Dedication Ceremony held at Mercy Hospital Hot Springs. The ceremony honored 18 families of organ donors from the Hot Springs area. Each was presented with a replica rose, similar to the one placed in their family member’s name on a float at the Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif.
Boyd Ward, executive director for ARORA, presented Mercy Hospital Hot Springs with the Silver Medal, recognizing the hospital’s service to patients in need of transplants and the family of donors. The hospital was recognized for having an average of 3.5 organs per donor.
It was presented to Brenda Chase, Mercy COO; Katherine Goad, Director of Nursing; Michele Diedrich, Chief Nursing Officer; and Rhonda Mayfield, Director of Surgical Services.
“We don’t ever really know the exact number of organs a donor will be able to give,” Ward said. “But it’s our job to be strong stewards for that donor.”
ARORA reported there were 44 lived saved as a result of Mercy Hospital Hot Springs donors in 2012.
In accepting the medal, Mercy Hot Springs COO Brenda Chase credited the hospital staff as well as the work of Lana Lambert, director of clinical programs, for her work with ARORA.
“Lana has worked in partnership with ARORA for many years and has brought the rest of our staff along,” Chase said.
Since 1888, Mercy in Hot Springs has served the healthcare needs of Hot Springs and surrounding communities. Mercy Hospital Hot Springs is a 282 bed full-service hospital accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, providing an emergency department with a Level 2 Trauma Center designation and a comprehensive range of medical services.