Tampa General Hospital's transplant program recently received top recognition from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and from HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings organization.
Being recognized by HealthGrades and HRSA is "a credit to the entire transplant team," said Angie Korsun, Tampa General's transplant administrator. "This is something that the hospital's staff and faculty can be proud of.
"Tampa General is one of the top 15 transplant centers in the nation, so we are in an elite group," she said.
HRSA is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has federal oversight of the nation's organ donation and transplant network.
Tampa General's transplant program received the agency's Bronze Medal of Honor for Organ Donation award for achieving and sustaining national goals for organ donations, including an organ donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors. TGH is one of 14 Florida hospitals and 110 nationwide to receive the award.
The federal agency also awarded Tampa General with a Transplant Program Bronze Medal Award which recognizes hospitals that achieved better than expected survival rates for organ recipients.
HealthGrades awarded two of its Transplant Excellence Awards to Tampa General's kidney and lung transplant programs. The annual awards are given to hospitals that achieve survival rates for transplant recipients that are significantly greater than the national average.
Tampa General was one of three hospitals of 53 evaluated in the nation to receive a HealthGrades Transplant Excellence Award for lung transplantation.
The hospital also was one of 11 hospitals out of 199 evaluated in the United States to receive a HealthGrades Transplant Excellence Award in the kidney transplant category.