For Fourth Year in A Row, Eastern Maine Medical Center Awarded Organ Donation Medal of Honor

10/31/2008

Deborah Carey Johnson, president and CEO of Eastern Maine Medical Center, is proud to announce that EMMC has earned the 2008 Organ Donation Medal of Honor from the US Department of Health and Human Services. This is the fourth year in a row that EMMC has received this prestigious award, given to hospitals and organ procurement organizations for excellence in helping grieving families make the decision to help others through organ donation. The award was presented on Friday, October 24, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.

According to the New England Organ Bank, there have been 29 organ donors in the state of Maine so far in 2008. Of those 29 organ donors, 13 were from EMMC.  A total of 28 people were given a second chance to live as a result of the selfless decision by these 13 individuals and their families. Joanmarie Pellegrini, MD, a surgeon with Surgery and Trauma Specialists of Maine, commented on the importance of organ donation at EMMC. “Eastern Maine Medical Center's commitment to organ donation is an excellent example of our commitment to optimizing the health of patients throughout the state of Maine.  We are very fortunate to have the resources available to offer donor families this opportunity to turn some of their grief into a chance at a new life for another family.  Organ donation continues to be exceedingly important because it is the only chance for life for many patients on the waiting lists. I am so proud to work for a hospital and live in a community that considers organ donation to be so important.”

Eastern Maine Medical Center, a member of EMHS, has the expertise and experience to provide for virtually any healthcare need, anticipated or unanticipated. Our staff skill and technological capability are deep; helping to ensure the region has access to the most comprehensive range of options for their care.