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    CPMC Liver Transplantation Program Receives Prestigious Award from HHS

    Contact: Amy Weitz, 510-206-1855
    weitza@sutterhealth.org

    Medical Center honored as one of the top programs in the US

    San Francisco, CA, October 8, 2012 – California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC, a Sutter Health affiliate) was honored recently by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its exemplary liver transplant program.

    CPMC’s Liver Transplant Program received the HHS Transplant Program Award at the Silver level. The medical center won the award for obtaining “better than expected” outcomes in two key categories: post-transplant survival rates, and lower patient mortality rates after being placed on the transplant waiting list.

    CPMC was one of only five liver transplant programs out of 137 such programs nationwide to receive the Silver-level honor. Only one liver transplant program (the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida) received a Gold award. This distinction places CPMC’s program in the nation’s top four percent based on critically important criteria.

    Stewart Cooper, MD, medical director of CPMC’s Liver Transplant Program and a Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation physician, accepted the award on behalf of the program at the HHS ceremony held during the 7th Annual Learning Congress for the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice in Grapevine, Texas, on October 4th.

    “We’re extremely proud of our liver transplant program,” said Cooper. “Our doctors and staff have worked very hard, with passion, focus and patient-centered dedication, to build a program that is committed to saving as many lives as possible, and to improving the health and quality of life for patients with advanced liver disease.

    “Transplantation is a special gift to people who are otherwise facing imminent mortality, but the path to transplant is complex,” Cooper noted. “We look at every facet of how we do things and for ways to do them better. It has been very, very gratifying to me, and to our incredible team, to have the quality of our program recognized in this meaningful way, especially when there are other excellent programs striving for the same objectives. We’re deeply thankful to HHS for acknowledging our program’s accomplishments, and for drawing attention to the critical need for high-quality transplant services and for more life-giving organ donations in California and nationwide.”

    California Pacific Medical Center. Hands-on Healing

    At San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center we deliver personal, hands-on care to every single patient, every single day. As one of California’s largest private, community-based, not-for-profit, teaching medical centers, we research the most up-to-date treatments, hire the most qualified individuals, and practice the most modern, innovative medicine available. We deliver the highest quality expert care, with kindness and compassion, in acute, post-acute and outpatient services, as well as preventive and complementary medicine. We also provide disease counseling, family support and wellness treatments. Throughout the entire organization, every member of the CPMC team is committed to giving our patients the individual, hands-on attention they deserve. Every hand plays a part, and every hand has the power to change a life.