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St. Elizabeth Medical Center has Been Recognized For Organ Donation Education

December 27, 2013

St. Elizabeth Medical Center was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching gold, silver and bronze level of recognition for public education about donation and state donor registries.

St. Elizabeth Medical Center conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors and community members about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. The hospital earned points for each activity planned between September 2012 and May 2013 and was awarded gold recognition through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, a program launched in 2011 by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Of the 924 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 322 were awarded recognition, with St. Elizabeth being one of only 131 hospitals that received gold-level recognition.

This campaign is a special effort of HRSA’s Workplace Partnership for Life to mobilize the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of people in the country who are registered organ, eye and tissue donors. Currently, there are over 119,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States. On average, 17 people die every day due to lack of organs available for transplantation.

St. Elizabeth Medical Center worked with the Center for Donation & Transplant (CDT) in Albany, NY on the campaign to coordinate a number of events, such as posting donation information, displaying posters, flying a Donate Life Flag for all donors, celebrating April Donate Life Month and hosting several donor-registry enrollment events in the hospital and throughout the community.

To date, the campaign has registered a total of 221,834 donors nationally. Through St. Elizabeth’s efforts alone, nearly 1,000 new names have been added to the state donor registry since 2011.

For more information about St. Elizabeth Medical Center’s participation in this campaign, contact Sally Davidson at 734-4490 or sdavids1@stemc.org.

The Center for Donation & Transplant (CDT) is the federally designated non-profit healthcare organization that coordinates the organ and tissue donation process at more than 43 hospitals throughout northeastern New York and western Vermont. CDT also coordinates community education about donation and transplant across its service area. CDT is an accredited member of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations and a member in good standing with the United Network for Organ Sharing.

View the news story and video reported by WKTV news.

St. Elizabeth Medical Center has Been Recognized For Organ Donation Education
St. Elizabeth Medical Center staff members who work with families to discuss organ
donations are, from left, front row: Lissette Grimaldi, Ida Simard and Andrew Sigond
from the Center for Donation and Transplant. Back row: Varinya Sheppard and Sally Davidson.
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