U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards Mount Sinai Organ Donation Medal of Honor

Mount Sinai Medical Center receives the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Organ Donation Silver 1 Medal of Honor.

New York, NY
 – October 2, 2009 /Press Release/  –– 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center has received from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) its Organ Donation Silver 1 Medal of Honor. The Medal was presented September 30th at a ceremony in Gaylord, Texas. Mount Sinai earned the award for achieving organ donations from 75 percent or more of eligible donors over a one-year period.

In addition to that milestone, Mount Sinai was also recognized for achieving an organ donation rate of at least 10 percent in cases of donation after cardiac death, a separate category from when organ donation is made after brain death. Jennifer Frontera, MD, assistant professor of neurosurgery and neurology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, accepted the award on behalf of Mount Sinai. Dr. Frontera is the medical director of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit and is the Chair of the Organ Donor Council at Mount Sinai. 

Mount Sinai’s Organ Donor Council was established in 2006 and is comprised of Mount Sinai School of Medicine faculty, nurses, social workers, members of the New York Organ Donor Network, and the Eye Bank. Through the Organ Donor Council, Dr. Frontera has overseen a major educational thrust in the last 18 months to inform residents, fellows, and nurses about organ donation after cardiac death, brain death and neurological death. 

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai today is a 1,171-bed tertiary-care teaching facility that is internationally acclaimed for excellence in clinical care. Last year, nearly 50,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients, and there were nearly 450,000 outpatient visits to the Medical Center.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine is internationally recognized as a leader in groundbreaking clinical and basic-science research, as well as having an innovative approach to medical education. With a faculty of more than 3,400 in 38 clinical and basic science departments and centers, Mount Sinai ranks among the top 20 medical schools in receipt of National Institute of Health (NIH) grants.