This October, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted the 6th National Learning Congress in Texas, where hospitals from across the country were honored for their efforts in achieving national benchmarks in organ donation and transplantation. Iowa Methodist/Blank Children's Hospital received a Bronze medal for their outstanding efforts.
The criteria for the awards was:
- Bronze Medal - 75% conversion rate
- Silver Medal - 75% conversion rate AND 3.75 organs transplanted per donor (OTPD) OR 10% donation after cardiac death (DCD)
- Gold Medal - 75% conversion rate, 3.75 OTPD, and 10% DCD
For the first four years of the Organ Donation Collaborative hospitals that maintained a 75% conversion rate received the Medal of Honor. In 2008, HHS started the three-tiered system to be awarded every two years.
Iowa Methodist and Blank have received a medal every year that one has been awarded, starting back in 2004. In 2007, Iowa Methodist and Blank received a crystal bowl for receiving the Medal of Honor for the first three years, one of only 97 hospitals to do so. And in 2008 at the 5th National Learning Congress, the hospital received the Gold Medal - one of only 30 hospitals in the country and the only hospital in the state to receive the Gold that year.