CHA News Article

HHS Recognizes 112 California Hospitals for Organ Donor Enrollment Achievements

California hospitals are among a select group nationwide to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching notable achievement in promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries. The 112 California hospitals recognized are part of the national Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Campaign, sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to mobilize the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of those registered as potential organ, eye, and tissue donors. California hospitals have substantially increased their involvement in the campaign over the last three years. In 2013, only one hospital was recognized by HRSA. In 2014 that number rose to 61 hospital awards, and this year the number of awards has doubled. California’s success is due in part to the role its hospital volunteers played in promoting and supporting organ donation awareness activities in their local hospitals and communities.

CHA supports the WPFL campaign and has partnered with HRSA nationally by participating in regular webinars and delivering educational presentations on the Donate Life California campaign. Statewide, CHA partnered with Donate Life California to create a Hospital Volunteer Toolkit for its website, in addition to promoting the program through various electronic media and at the annual Hospital Volunteer Leadership Conference.

Hospital awareness and registry campaigns educate staff, patients, visitors and community members on the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors, increasing the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. Each participating hospital earned points for any activities implemented between August 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, and was awarded gold, silver or bronze recognition by HRSA.