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Campaign Recognizes Hospitals’ Efforts to Promote Organ Donation

As National Donate Life Month comes to an end today, hospitals may wish to review their efforts to promote organ donation for an opportunity to receive state and national recognition. Each year, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) hosts its Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) hospital campaign challenge to recognize hospitals of all sizes for their efforts to educate staff, patients, visitors and community members about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donors. In California alone, more than 21,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant; more than 120,000 wait nationwide.

The WPFL campaign awards points to hospitals for a variety of activities and events that raise awareness and register donors within the hospital’s facilities and communities. Many California hospitals are already participating in ways that qualify them for an award, such as through publishing donation-related articles in communications; displaying Donate Life materials; having participated in “Blue & Green Day” on April 11; hosting Donate Life flag raisings; and presenting educational information at departmental meetings.

Based on participation, hospitals can receive bronze, silver or gold-level awards for activities that were conducted throughout February, March, and April 2014. In addition, hospitals can add activities from three additional 30-day periods dating back to June 2013. All activities must be reported by May 9, 2014.

Honorees will be recognized by HRSA and the campaign’s national partners – including Donate Life California and CHA – in June 2014 and beyond.

To enroll and for assistance in compiling activities, contact Patty Ladegaard at Donate Life California, at (619) 563-5138 or patty@donatelifecalifornia.org. For more information, visit www.organdonor.gov/howhelp/hospitalcampaign.html or www.akoyaonline.com/wpfl.

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