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Published on September 20, 2013

University Hospital Recognized For Organ Donation Outreach

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University Hospital’s organ donation program has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for educating and registering new organ, eye and tissue donors. University Hospital has been awarded a silver medal and is one of 322 hospitals across the United States to earn recognition through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, a program launched by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

“Through our collaboration with the Midwest Transplant Network, we have helped enhance and save hundreds of lives,” said Mark Wakefield, M.D., a urologist, director of University Hospital’s renal transplant program and associate professor of surgery. “This recognition highlights the outstanding outreach efforts of our transplant team.”

Each level — bronze, silver and gold — is determined by the amount of awareness activities a hospital provided to educate potential donors about the need for organ, eye and tissue donations between September 2012 and May 2013. 

University Hospital partners with Midwest Transplant Network to provide organ and tissue donation services to the community, and the two organizations work together to inform the public about the need for organ, eye and tissue donations.

Missouri residents are encouraged to learn more about becoming donors by visiting the Midwest Transplant Network’s website at or by signing up for the Missouri donor registry at To learn more about MU Health Care’s organ transplantation program, visit