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Organ, tissue donations increase at Banner Estrella

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Posted: Monday, October 21, 2013 6:30 pm

Banner Estrella Medical Center has received the Gold Recognition Award from the Department of Health and Human Services and Health Resources and Services Administration for its success in increasing the number of organs available and transplanted.

The West Valley hospital received gold recognition for encouraging staff at the nonprofit hospital and community members to enroll in the state registry as organ, eye and tissue donors in the National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign.

“This recognition is a welcome surprise,” said Helen Brogan, RN, Donor Network Resource team lead at Banner Estrella. “There is a direct correlation between registration participation and organ transplant, which translates into states with a higher percent of participation on the registry having a higher number of successful organ transplants.”

Brogan said the nonprofit hospital is committed to helping the Donor Network of Arizona raise the number of people on the registry, providing hope to patients that transplantation is an option for treatment in the state.

Banner Estrella Medical Center is a nonprofit hospital specializing in heart care, obstetrics, surgical services, emergency services and diagnostic imaging services.

One of the first fully-digital hospitals in the country, Banner Estrella has served as a model for dozens of new hospitals built around the world since it opened in 2005. The hospital is undergoing a major expansion that will add approximately 175 additional beds, an expanded Emergency Department and more beds for new moms and babies.

Banner Estrella is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit healthcare system with 24 hospitals in seven states. For information, visit

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