LifeLink thanks local hospitals who earned national recognition for promoting organ, eye and tissue donation

LifeLink® of Florida is thrilled to announce that 41 local hospitals have earned recognition for their work and dedication in support of organ, eye and tissue donation through the national Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The WPFL is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the organ donation community with workplaces across the nation in spreading the importance of donation and increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registrations.

Between October 2019 and April 2020, hospitals across the county participated in HRSA’s WPFL Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The program challenged hospitals and healthcare organizations to partner with their local organ procurement organization, in this area LifeLink of Florida, to “let life bloom” by educating hospital staff, patients, visitors and surrounding communities about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation and by offering the opportunity to register as a donor.

During the 2019-2020 national campaign 1,700 organizations participated and helped add 59,662 new donors to state registries across the country. The campaign has generated 552,026 registrations since its inception in 2011 and unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their local organ procurement organizations, such as LifeLink of Florida, Donate Life America affiliates and state and regional hospital associations.

LifeLink of Florida recruited 41 local hospitals to participate in the program and supported them throughout with campaign plans, donation materials and educational opportunities. During this year’s campaign cycle, the COVID-19 pandemic struck just before National Donate Life Month, celebrated each April, and challenged participating hospitals to adapt their plans for campaign events during National Donate Life Month while also taking on the pandemic. In recognition of their adaptability and life-saving work, all 41 hospital partner participants received platinum level awards. A total of 151 donor registrations were added to the Donate Life Florida state registry and were confirmed as being directly related to the campaign year.

Across the county over 109,000 individuals are waiting for a lifesaving transplant and 5,300 of those people live in the state of Florida. Unfortunately, every day in the United States 22 people pass away because an organ was not available in time. For the thousands of Floridians listed a transplant provides a second chance and hope for a longer life. Registering to become a donor is easy and only takes a few minutes. LifeLink inspires the public to register and share their donation decision at www.DonateLifeFlorida.org or when obtaining or renewing a driver license.

LifeLink of Florida appreciates the dedication and support from all of our local hospitals to help save lives through organ and tissue donation and thanks those that have achieved the HRSA WPFL platinum award this year. For more information about the Hospital Campaign and how your hospital or organization can get involved visit www.organdonor.gov/hospitals


HRSA Hospital Thank You Video

https://youtu.be/r5CCHsf1DfY

 

Local Hospital Platinum Award Recognition

AdventHealth Carrollwood AdventHealth Heart of Florida

 

Bartow Regional Medical Center

 

Baycare Alliant Hospital

 

Bayfront Health Spring Hill

 

Englewood Community Hospital

 

Fawcett Memorial Hospital

 

Mease Dunedin

 

Palms of Pasadena Hospital

 

AdventHealth North Pinellas

 

Bayfront Health Port Charlotte

 

Bayfront Health Punta Gorda

 

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center

 

Morton Plant Hospital

 

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital

 

AdventHealth Tampa

 

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg

 

Blake Medical Center

 

Cape Coral Hospital

 

Golisano Children’s Hospital

 

Gulf Coast Medical Center

 

HealthPark Medical Center

 

Lakeland Regional Health

 

Largo Medical Center

 

Lee Memorial Hospital

 

Lehigh Memorial Hospital

 

Manatee Memorial Hospital

 

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point

 

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

 

St. Joseph’s Hospital/Women’s

 

Tampa General Hospital

 

Venice Regional Bayfront Health

 

Bayfront Health Brooksville

 

Doctor’s Hospital of Sarasota

 

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital

 

Mease Countryside

 

Northside Hospital

 

Oak Hill Hospital

 

St. Anthony’s Hospital

 

St. Petersburg General Hospital

 

Winter Haven Hospital

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