HHS Recognizes Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - North Market for Organ Donor Enrollment Accomplishments - Ascension Wisconsin

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Published on December 31, 2014

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Recognizes Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - North Market for Organ Donor Enrollment Accomplishments

Milwaukee, WI – Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – North Market hospitals, Elmbrook Memorial, Midwest Spine and Orthopedic Hospital, St. Joseph, and Wisconsin Heart Hospital, were 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 levels of achievement for conducting activities that promoted enrollment in state organ donor registries. The hospitals are part of a national 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.

Wheaton’s North Market hospitals 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 hospitals earned points for each activity implemented between June 2013 and May 2014 and received Gold 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.

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. The campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America affiliates, and state and regional hospital associations. Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – North Market worked with Wisconsin Donor Network/ Wisconsin Tissue Bank service lines of the BloodCenter of Wisconsin on the campaign.

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