Frye’s Honored by US Department of Health and Human Services 
 
Tuesday, 13 March 2007 
 
 
Back row:Debra Anderson, RN, Michelle Dickerson, RN, Dreama Houston, RN, Linda Craig, CAN, Irene Austin, US/MT, Susie Williams, CNA Front Row: Terri Childres, RN, Kathy Fox, RN, Ann Banner, US/MT 
    Hickory, NC – Frye Regional Medical Center is one of only of 371 of the nation’s largest hospitals recently honored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for substantially raising the organ donation rates of eligible donors from their facilities. Frye was the only hospital in the Unifour to be honored. 
    Executives of the hospitals, together with their partners in 57 organ procurement organizations (OPOs), received the Department’s Medals of Honor for Organ Donation during a meeting in New Orleans of the Second National Learning Congress on Organ Donation and Transplantation. 
    Hospitals and OPOs were cited for achieving and sustaining a donation rate of 75 percent or more of eligible donors. By contrast, the national average donation rate in all hospitals was 59 percent in 2005, up from 55 percent in 2004. OPOs coordinate organ procurement in designated service areas and work to preserve organs and arrange for their distribution according to national policies. 
    “The work of these hospitals and OPOs made possible 1,200 more life-saving and life-enhancing transplants in 2005 compared to 2004,” said Elizabeth M. Duke, administrator of HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration. 
    Hospitals with eight or more potential organ donors during the 26-month award period ending in June 2006 were eligible for the Medals of Honor. All winning hospitals had to achieve and sustain a donation rate of 75 percent or more from among eligible donors for at least a year. The 371 winning hospitals come from a pool of 787 hospitals that met eligibility criteria. 
    Frye Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet North Carolina, is a 355-bed acute care facility located at 420 North Center Street in Hickory, NC. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of Catawba County since 1911. The hospital’s main campus includes a comprehensive heart center and cardiac rehab, orthopedics, bariatric surgery, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, pediatrics, center for neurosciences, cancer center and women’s pavilion. Frye has several extended campuses to serve families throughout the area including: Wellness and Education Center which houses the Center For Diabetes Self-Management Care, perinatal education and community wellness classes; South Campus for psychiatric services; Viewmont and Tate Surgery Centers; Vein and Wound Center and Infusion Care; Pain Center; Piedmont Therapy, offering sports and industrial rehabilitation; two urgent care facilities; FryeCare, an outpatient diagnostic facility; plus HealthPoint, which provides extensive industrial services and programs to employers. 
    Frye Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about the hospital, visit www.fryemedctr.com