Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital was 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 outreach for organ donation and registration.
The Hospital 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. Points were earned for each activity planned between September 2012 and May 2013. The hospital was awarded Silver recognition through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign—a program launched in 2011 by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
“We are extremely proud of our organ donation team here at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital,” said Brian Kief, Hospital President. “There are currently more than 2,200 people in Wisconsin, and 119,000 nationwide waiting for an organ transplant and thousands more whose quality of life could be greatly improved through tissue and eye donations. So it is more important than ever that we make people aware of the need for organ and tissue donations.”
The 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 (OPOs), Donate Life America (DLA) 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 2013, Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital recorded five donors, with 15 organs transplated.
Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital worked with University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation Services program (UW OTD) on the campaign. Every 11 minutes another person is added to the national organ transplant wait list. And 19 people die every day because they didn’t get the organ they needed to survive.
Wisconsin residents can do their part by registering as organ, tissue and eye donors at YesIWillWisconsin.com. In doing so, they will legally authorize donation, saving their loved ones from having to make that decision. The registry allows residents 15½ or older to legally authorize donation of their organs, tissues and eyes.