The Summer 2013 issue of Chimera (published by the American Organization of Transplant Surgeons) reports that
“The Sanford Health transplant programs in Fargo, North Dakota, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, have earned recognition from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for quality performance in transplant care. Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in eight states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel, and Mexico.
HHS has awarded the Sanford Health transplant programs with the Bronze Award for Transplant Programs and the Bronze Medal of Honor for Organ Donations.
The Bronze Award for Transplant Programs, which was based on Sanford’s work with kidney transplants, considered factors to measure quality, including post-transplant survival rates, transplant rates on waitlist patients, and pre-transplant mortality rates. This award positioned Sanford in the top 23 percent of transplant programs in the country. Additionally, Sanford medical centers in Fargo and Sioux Falls were the only transplant centers in North Dakota and South Dakota to secure the honor.
The Bronze Medal of Honor for Organ Donations is presented to organizations that achieve and sustain national goals for collaborative conversion of organ donations, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more from eligible donors. Both Fargo and Sioux Falls transplant programs experienced a donation rate of nearly 80 percent. This is the sixth time Sanford Fargo Medical Center was honored for organ donations and the fourth time Sanford University of South Dakota Medical Center in Sioux Falls received this recognition”