MMC ICU Manager Honored by Gift of Life Michigan

Traverse City – During the past five years, Jerry Huron, R.N., Munson Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit manager has helped provide 47 life-saving organs for transplantation and tissue grafts from 97 tissue donors. For his commitment to life-saving organ and tissue donation, Gift of Life Michigan recently awarded him the 2011 Professional Service Award.

"Jerry has been the hospital liaison for many years and has provided exemplary service to the Gift of Life organization," says Burton Mattice, chief operating officer of Gift of Life Michigan. "He has participated in five successful organ donations in the past 12 months and has actively removed any barriers during the donation process."

In December 2011, the family of a male patient at MMC consented to donate organs that resulted in life-saving kidney, liver, and heart transplants for several other patients in the state.

Huron said as the liaison to Gift of Life at the hospital he is just one part of a total team effort that occurs when patients and families choose to make organ donations.

"It's an effort that involves our ER, the operating room, pharmacy, lab, and other units at the hospital," he says. "I have great support from the team here as well as Gift of Life, and families of patients who generously give to others at a difficult time in their own lives."

Gift of Life Michigan reports that nearly 3,000 people in the state are waiting for an organ donation. The number nationwide is 110,000. Each organ donor can save up to eight lives and 10,000 Michigan patients have received life-saving organ donor transplants in the past 10 years. BN