Kingwood Medical Center September 22, 2012

Kingwood Medical Center Receives National Award for Excellence in Organ Donation

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recently awarded Kingwood Medical Center a silver National Medal of Honor for its work in and saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation and recovery. Kingwood Medical Center was among 400 hospitals nationwide to receive the distinction for outstanding leadership and commitment to organ donors, donor families and the more than 114,000 men, women and children across the country waiting for a lifesaving transplant.

The winners represent hospitals that sustained a donation rate of 75 percent or higher from among eligible donors for the award period, April 2010 through March 31, 2012.

“We are honored to receive this National Award for Excellence in recognition of our advancements in saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation and recovery.” said Melinda Stephenson, CEO of Kingwood Medical Center, “Our top priority at Kingwood Medical Center is to deliver high quality, cost-effective health care close to home and saving lives.”

The awards are a result of successful partnerships between LifeGift and the local hospitals that began with the National Organ Donation and Transplantation Breakthrough Collaborative, an initiative launched by DHHS in 2003 to save thousands of lives annually by spreading best practices to the nation’s largest hospitals. The goal is to increase the availability of transplantable organs for those on waiting lists throughout the country.

“We simply would not succeed in fulfilling the obligation to those waiting for lifesaving transplants without the support and active engagement of our hospital partners,” said Sam Holtzman, president and CEO of LifeGift, the not-for-profit organ procurement organization, which recovers organs and tissues for individuals needing transplants in Southeast, North and West Texas. “Kingwood Medical Center is to be commended for integrating donation into its hospital culture and for making it a priority. We congratulate Kingwood for its outstanding performance in enhancing and saving so many lives.”

Kingwood Medical Center will be recognized during the DHHS National Learning Congress, which takes place Oct. 4 and 5 in Grapevine.

About Kingwood Medical Center
22999 Highway 59 North, Kingwood, TX 77339

Kingwood Medical Center is an acute care facility comprised of 24-hour emergency services, and an on-site minor emergency clinic. It is home to the area’s comprehensive cardiac care program and neuroscience program. The hospital is recognized by the state of Texas as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, is Joint Commission Accredited for Disease Specific Certification in Stroke, has an Accredited Sleep Disorder Center, an Accredited Diabetes Center and offers a myriad of services to patients, including: Level II and III neonatal intensive care units, women’s services, high risk obstetrics program, breast diagnostic center, designated pediatric unit, surgical services, inpatient rehabilitation, laboratory and diagnostic imaging services on-site and at Atascocita Imaging. In early 2012, the hospital expanded services by opening a new Observation Unit, The Center for Wound Care, and a new HealthOne 24 Hour Emergency Care Center in Fall Creek. Later this year service expansion will be completed for inpatient Rehab and Neuro interventional radiology. Kingwood Medical Center: Quality Care, Close to Home.

About LifeGift

LifeGift is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) dedicated to recovering organs and tissue for individuals needing transplants in 109 counties in North, Southeast and West Texas. Originally established in 1987 as Gulf Coast Independent Organ Procurement Organization and later renamed, LifeGift is celebrating 25 years of saving and enhancing lives. It is one of the three OPOs in the state that operates and maintains the Donate Life Texas Registry. For more information about LifeGift, visit For more information about Donate Life Texas, visit