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Advocate BroMenn Team Honored for Support of Organ, Tissue Donation

The Administration Team at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill., has been recognized by Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network for outstanding achievement in addressing the critical need for organ and tissue donation.

Named a 2013 Lifesaving Partner by Gift of Hope, BroMenn Medical Center’s Administration Team was among 22 hospital, forensic and civic professionals and organizations recognized for their work to help Gift of Hope carry out its mission of saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation. Karrie Oertli, vice president of Mission and Spiritual Care at BroMenn Medical Center and Advocate Eureka Hospital, accepted a Lifesaving Partners Award from Gift of Hope on the Administration Team’s behalf at a special ceremony on October 18. Gift of Hope presents the awards annually to individuals and organizations that go above and beyond the call of duty to support the organization’s mission and produce successful donation outcomes.

BroMenn Medical Center was lauded for working as a cohesive unit to continually make donation happen at the medical center and to make compliance with referral requirements a top priority there. “In addition to motivating hospital staff to be a proactive part of the donation process, the Advocate BroMenn Administration Team has partnered with us to increase donation awareness both inside the hospital and in the surrounding community,” said Kevin Cmunt, President/CEO of Gift of Hope. “A key internal enhancement has been the development of a trigger section within the hospital’s electronic medical record that flags patients based on their neurological status or change in plan of care. This serves as an important reminder for nurses to refer patients to us. Since this mechanism was put in place at Advocate BroMenn, the hospital has not missed a single referral.”

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network is a not-for-profit organ procurement organization entrusted by the nation’s healthcare system with coordinating organ and tissue donation and providing donor family services and public education in Illinois and northwest Indiana. It has coordinated donations that have saved the lives of nearly 20,000 organ transplant recipients and improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of tissue transplant recipients. As one of 58 organ procurement organizations that make up the nation’s organ and tissue donation system, Gift of Hope works with 180 hospitals and serves 12 million residents in its donation service area. It also is part of Donate Life Illinois, a coalition of agencies responsible for organ, tissue, eye, blood and marrow donation, as well as donor education and registration, in Illinois. For more information about Gift of Hope and organ and tissue donation, visit


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