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Kidney Transplant Program at Children’s National Recognized with Silver Award from HHS

October 16, 2012

Washington, DC – Children’s National Medical Center is among only nine children’s hospitals recently recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its Kidney Transplantation program. The program received a Silver Level Award at a Medal of Honor Ceremony held at the Seventh National Learning Congress. Awards were granted by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice. The programs were recognized based on their performance on post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates, and mortality rates after patients are placed on waiting lists.

Children’s National Kidney Transplant program was the only program in the mid-Atlantic region to be recognized at the Silver Level. “This award acknowledges a team that has taken the care model for kids with renal failure to a whole new level,” said Gerard Martin, MD, Senior Vice President, Center for Heart, Lung, and Kidney Disease and Co-Director of the Children’s National Heart Institute. “We are pleased to be recognized by HHS as one of only nine children’s hospitals in the country with an award-winning transplantation program.”

The Health Resources and Services Administration at HHS supports the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice, which brings together donation and transplantation professionals, hospital staff, and other professionals involved in the donation process to identify and share best practices.

Of the hospitals recognized, the following children’s hospitals were awarded Silver Medal recognition:

  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Children’s National Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Denver
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Cook Children’s Hospital, Fort Worth
  • Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma
  • Kosair Children's Hospital, Louisville
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

The Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida is the only hospital in the country that received the Gold Level Award from HRSA.

Contact: Paula Darte or Emily Hartman, Children’s National Public Relations: 202.476.4500

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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