CMMC earns DHHS medal of honor


LEWISTON — Central Maine Medical Center is one of only 30 hospitals nationwide to earn the Department of Health and Human Services gold medal of honor for organ donation.

At a luncheon ceremony held recently at CMMC, New England Organ Bank President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Luskin said that while 428 American hospitals have improved organ donation rates at their facilities during the 22-month survey period, just 30 of these organizations reached or exceeded all three “Community of Practice” goals. Three of these 30 hospitals are in New England and only one is in Maine.

CMMC achieved gold medal status for improving organ donation rates, increasing the number of organs donated per individual donor to 3.75 or higher, and expanding clinical processes for recovering organs.