Enloe receives national honor

The Chico hospital receives federal recognition for organ donation

Enloe Medical Center has been awarded a Bronze Medal of Honor by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its work to reduce the number of people waiting for an organ or tissue transplant.

While all American hospitals are encouraged to meet three national standards for organ and tissue donation, Enloe was one of only 400 hospitals nationwide recognized as meeting or exceeding one of those standards, according to an Enloe Medical Center press release. Last year, Enloe referred 57 patients as possible donors; of those, seven became donors and 25 organs were recovered.

“We, in turn, honor those patient families for their generosity of organ donation in order to save or improve others’ lives,” said Mike Wiltermood, CEO of Enloe Medical Center, in a statement. “It is an incredible gift of kindness.”