U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognizes Life Choice Donor Services for organ and tissue donation work with hospitals
(WINDSOR, CT) – July 14, 2014--LifeChoice Donor Services is among a select group of organ procurement organizations (OPOs) nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching gold, silver, and bronze levels of achievement for conducting activities that promote enrollment in state organ, tissue and eye donor registries. The hospitals are part of a national hospital campaign, sponsored by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which has added 327,659 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide since 2011, exceeding the goal of 300,000.
LIfeChoice Donor Services conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors and community members about the critical need for organ, tissue and eye donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. The hospitals earned points for each activity implemented between June 2013 and May 2014 and was awarded gold, silver, or bronze recognition through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.
Of the 1,228 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 400 were awarded recognition during this phase of the campaign.
Medal winners within the CT and Western MA area include:
- Baystate Medical Center (Springfield, MA) Gold
- Baystate Franklin Medical Center (Greenfield, MA) Bronze
- Baystate Mary Lane Hospital (Ware, MA) Bronze
- Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (Torrington, CT) Bronze
- Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (Hartford, CT) Bronze
- DayKimball Hospital (Putnam, CT) Silver
- John Dempsey Hospital (Farmington, CT) Bronze
- Johnson Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (Stafford, CT) Silver
- Mercy Medical Center (Springfield, MA) Silver
- Midstate Medical Center (Meriden, CT) Bronze
- Noble Hospital (Westfield, MA) Silver
- William Backus Hospital (Norwich, CT) Silver
- Windham Community Memorial Hospital (Willimantic, CT) Bronze
- Hartford Hospital (Hartford, CT) Gold
- Lawrence & Memorial Hospital (New London, CT) Gold
- St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center (Hartford, CT) Gold
“It is quite an impressive milestone to have 70% of the hospitals within our federally designated service area recognized as part of this national campaign,” said Caitlyn Bernabucci, Education Specialist for LifeChoice Donor Services. “It is good to see that these hospitals are committed to the donation process for their patients and families at the time of death and before through education about an important end of life decision. We are proud of the commitment that these hospitals have to donation.”
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, tissue and eye donors. The campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America affiliates, and state and regional hospital associations. Working together, the teams leverage their communications resources and outreach efforts to most effectively spread word of the critical need for donors.
In Connecticut, only 43% of state residents over the age of 18 are included in the Donor Registry, which is below the national average of 48%. The good news is that the community can help. Summer is a great time to consider joining the Donor Registry—and while the registry protects your decision to be a donor, it is important to tell your family. The decision to be a registered donor does not impact the quality of care you will receive in a hospital or emergency situation—the ultimate goal is always to save your life. It is important for people of all ages, races and ethnicities to consider giving the gift of life and many common illnesses and ailments do not make people ineligible to donate.
LifeChoice Donor Services, Inc. is the federally designated, non-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) for six counties in Connecticut and three counties in Western Massachusetts with a combined population of 2.3 million people. The OPO serves twenty-three acute care hospitals for organ and tissue donation and two organ transplant hospitals, Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA.
LifeChoice Donor Services is a member in good standing of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and is accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO). For more information about LifeChoice and to join the Donor Registry, please visit www.lifechoiceopo.org or call 1.800.874.5215.
The 2013 Johnson Memorial Hospital and Medical Staff Benefit Golf Tournament will be held Monday, August 26th at Ellington Ridge Country Club in Ellington, CT. The format for the tournament is a four person scramble. The entry fee is $150 per player and includes: 18 holes of golf, golf carts, BBQ lunch, dinner, hole-in-one contests, a silent auction, prizes, and lots of fun. Lunch starts at 12:00 pm with a 1:00 pm shotgun start. Proceeds will be devoted to patient related equipment for the JMH Emergency Department. A portion of the proceeds will also go towards the JMH Medical Staff Scholarship program, which provides grants to seven students from surrounding towns. To register, please visit www.jmmc.com/events by August 19th. For more information or to discuss event sponsorship call Lisa DeGray, Director of Development at 860-684-8161.