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ANMC honored for efforts in organ donation and compassion for Alaska Native families

April 8, 2019

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is proud to announce that the Alaska Native Medical Center received this year’s Collaboration Achievement Award from LifeCenter Northwest.

ANMC is one of 25 out of 200 hospitals in Alaska, Washington, North Idaho and Montana recognized with the award. The award recognizes hospital collaboration on conversations about organ donation with families, ensuring the best possible family experience. According to the press release LifeCenter, “This focus on partnership is a testament to Alaska Native Medical Center’s dedication to patient and family care.”

“It is an honor to work with such dedicated hospital partners,” says LifeCenter Northwest President and CEO, Kevin O’Connor. “We greatly appreciate the contributions they make every day to help save and heal lives through organ and tissue donation.”     

LifeCenter Northwest is the federally designated organ procurement organization serving Alaska, Montana, North Idaho, and Washington – the largest geographic donation service area in United States. Close collaboration with LifeCenter helps ensure families and hospitals have ample opportunities to fulfil a patient’s decision to be a donor, meaning more people will receive the life-saving transplant they so desperately need.

One way to prepare for the unexpected is through Advanced Care Planning. The ANTHC Palliative Care Program has developed innovative clinical tools for Advance Care Planning that integrate concepts of cultural humility in order to respect the diverse traditions and cultures of Alaska Native and American Indian people. For more information please visit our website at

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