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Georgia Hospitals Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

AUGUSTA, GA - (August 1, 2016) - Fifty-four Georgia hospitals were among a select group of hospitals from across the nation recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ and tissue donor registries in a public education campaign, the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Campaign, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Nationally, this campaign has added 400,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide since 2011.

Participating hospitals conducted awareness and donor registration 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 Georgia’s Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. Hospitals implemented organ and tissue donor awareness and registration activities between May 2015 and April 2016, achieving award levels platinum, gold, silver or bronze based upon how many points they accumulated.

21 Georgia hospitals earned the Platinum award: Augusta University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Egleston, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Scottish Rite, Emory Johns Creek, Emory Midtown, Emory St. Joseph’s, Emory University, Grady Health System, Gwinnett Medical, Medical Center Navicent Health, Memorial Health, Midtown Medical Center, Northeast Georgia – Gainesville, Okeefenokee Health System, Piedmont Hospital, South Georgia Medical Center, South Georgia Medical Center – Berrien, South Georgia Medical Center – Lanier, Tift Regional, Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center, and Wellstar Kennestone

13 Georgia hospitals earned the Gold award: Archbold Memorial, Coffee Regional, DeKalb Medical Center - Hillandale, DeKalb Medical Center – North Decatur, DeKalb Medical Center Long Term Acute Care, Fairview Park, Northeast Georgia – Braselton, Southeast Georgia Health, Southern Regional, St. Joseph’s Candler, Wellstar Cobb, Wellstar Corporate Office, and Wellstar Douglas

14 Georgia hospitals earned the Silver award: Athens Regional, Cartersville Medical, Coliseum Medical, Coliseum Northside, Eastside Medical, Houston Medical, Northside Forsyth, Perry Hospital, Regency of Central Georgia, St. Francis Hospital, Wellstar North Fulton, Wellstar Paulding, and West Georgia – Lagrange 6 Georgia hospitals earned the Bronze award: Bleckley Memorial, Colquitt Regional, Dodge County, Gordon Hospital, Hamilton Medical Center and Taylor Regional.

Throughout the country, 995 hospitals and transplant centers participated in the campaign and 281 platinum, 147 gold, 287 silver, or 207 bronze awards were achieved. See the full list of recognized hospitals here.

“These 54 hospitals are great champions for organ, eye and tissue donation. We are proud of their accomplishments and applaud each hospital for making a difference in the lives of the more than 5,600 Georgians that are currently waiting for transplant,” says Kim Kottemann, Manager of Hospital Development Professional Programs with LifeLink of Georgia, “It is because of these professionals unyielding dedication to saving lives that we applaud their achievements.”

The need for organ and tissue donation is real. Every 11 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list. Currently more than 123,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant and sadly, approximately 22 people die daily because of the organ shortage. To register your decision to be an organ, tissue and eye donor visit Donate Life Georgia’s Organ and Tissue Donor Registry at www.donatelifegeorgia.org today or call 1-866-57-SHARE (74273). You can also say YES to donation when you get or renew your driver license or state identification card through Georgia’s Department of Driver Services.

For more information about organ and tissue donation in Georgia visit LifeLink at www.LifeLinkFoundation.org.