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MOBILE, Ala. -- The Alabama Organ Center honored USA Medical Center in Mobile with its 2017 Gift of Life Award, given annually to hospitals demonstrating a vital commitment to successful organ and tissue programs.
Mobile’s only Level 1 Trauma Center earned the honor because of education provided to patients and their families by staff members, the presence of a donation committee, donor family recognition, participation in National Donate Life Month activities, as well as donation education offered to the community.
Michael Scott, COO of the Alabama Organ Center, presented the award during a management meeting, praising USA Medical Center team members for their efforts to help others receive the gift of life through organ donation.
In the United States, more than 123,000 people are on the national organ transplant waiting list, with nearly 3,200 in Alabama, according to the National Organ Center, Alabama's non-profit organ and tissue recovery agency.
Despite the need, only 30,000 organs are transplanted nationwide every year, as 22 candidates die everyday waiting for a donor. For more information, and to register to be a donor, visit the AOC website at www.alabamaorgancenter.org.
As a state-certified Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center, University of South Alabama Medical Center serves as the major referral center for patients with traumatic injuries from southern Alabama, southeast Mississippi, and portions of northwest Florida. Last year alone, USA Medical Center served patients in 53 counties.
The Medical Center’s designated trauma team - which includes around-the-clock trauma surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, and neurosurgeons - treats an average of five critically injured patients a day, which is more than 1,700 people a year. As the go-to facility for the area’s toughest emergencies, USA Medical Center is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. USA Medical Center is a part of USA Health.
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