WAUSAU– Three Aspirus hospitals were recently honored by University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation for their ongoing commitment to saving and improving lives through organ and tissue donation.

Aspirus Langlade Hospital, Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Aspirus Wausau Hospital received the Excellence in Tissue Donation award while Wausau also received the Bronze Award of Hope.

The Excellence in Tissue Donation award is given to Versiti partner hospitals who achieve at least a 60 percent consent rate, according to Aspirus. This metric measures the collaborative work between the hospital staff and tissue bank in coordinating communication around tissue consent conversations.

The UW OTD Award of Hope recognizes the comprehensive work of hospitals that achieve or exceed the goals of two important measures that maximize the gift of life: the true conversion rate and organs transplanted per donor.