Rapid City, (KEVN-TV) Rapid City Regional Hospital received a federal gold award Thursday morning for its 2014 efforts to educate staff and the public about the importance of organ donation.
The need for donated organs and tissues is growing at a much greater rate than their availability.
Hospital officials say while transplantation is now considered a standard medical treatment for a wide variety of conditions, it cannot happen without an individual saying 'yes.'
The hospital received the Gold Recognition National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign Award for its efforts to increase the number of registered donors.
President of Rapid City Regional Hospital Mick Gibbs said, "The team here at Rapid City Regional Hospital is swelling with pride at this national award. Being one of the rare hospitals in the United States to receive this award is a reflection of the excellence, the exceptionalism of the caregivers here at Rapid City Regional Hospital."
In 2014, RCRH had five organ donors and nineteen tissue donors.