June 1, 2010
OneLegacy CEO Tom Mone Honored by National Health Foundation and Hospital Association of Southern California
OneLegacy Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President Tom Mone will be honored this evening by the National Health Foundation (NHF), in association with the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC), for his dedication to special populations in need of donated organs and tissues for transplants.
Mone will receive the National Health Foundation’s Ludlum/Gamble Award at a tribute dinner, “A Celebration of Leadership, Vision and Commitment,” to be held at the Petersen Automotive Museum.
“Each year, the National Health Foundation’s honoree selection committee chooses an outstanding individual who has dedicated most of his or her career to improving access to needed healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured in our community,” said J. Eugene Grigsby III, president/CEO of the National Health Foundation. “Tom Mone's dedication to promoting the importance of organ donation made him the unanimous choice to receive this year’s National Health Foundation’s Ludlum/Gamble Award.”
As the CEO of OneLegacy, Mone manages the largest organ and tissue recovery organization in the U.S., serving 19 million people, 200 hospitals and 12 transplants centers in the diverse communities of the seven-county greater Los Angeles area. Under Mone’s leadership, OneLegacy has increased organ donation by 60% and tissue donation (corneas, bone, skin, etc.) has more than doubled under his leadership. Mone is particularly proud that OneLegacy leads the nation in the ethnic and economic diversity of the donor families it serves and transplant recipients who benefit from those donations.
Mone introduced two breakthroughs to ensure the safety of transplant recipients: “NAT” testing of all donors for HIV and Hepatitis C in 2004 – when it was widely seen as not logistically possible – and for Chagas disease in 2007. OneLegacy also developed the first web-based organ placement system, which is now a required national standard.
In 2009, OneLegacy coordinated the recovery of 1,182 transplanted organs from 382 donors, as well as a record 2,014 tissue and cornea donors, benefiting more than 100,000 transplant recipients. OneLegacy also achieved its highest-ever organ donation consent rate of 69 percent, up two points from 2008 and 12 points from 2005.
In addition, Mone has overseen the founding of the Donate Life Rose Parade float, which as the most visible celebration of organ and tissue donation in the world, is seen by more than 30 million U.S. television viewers and millions more in 200 countries worldwide.
During his tenure as OneLegacy’s CEO since 2000, Mone has served as president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), is a founding member of AOPO’s Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Committee, and served on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Board of Directors.
Prior to joining OneLegacy, Mone was president and CEO of San Gabriel Valley Medical Center. He began his career as a pr management intern and a budget analyst for the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.