HonorBridge and Hospital Partners Receive National Recognition for Initiatives Addressing Critical Need for Organ Donation

HonorBridge was among a select group of organ procurement organizations (OPOs) recognized nationally for partnering with hospitals in its service area to promote enrollment in North Carolina’s organ donor registry through a national campaign called the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) resulting in the addition of 400,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide since 2011.

This campaign is a special effort to mobilize the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of people in the country registered as organ, eye and tissue donors. By uniting donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from local OPOs, Donate Life America affiliates, and state and regional hospital associations, the teams work together to leverage their communications resources and outreach efforts to most effectively spread the word about the critical need for donors.

“Hospitals shared information about the critical need for donation and transplantation with their own staff and also the general community in an effort to raise awareness,” said Lora Smitherman, Manager of Hospital Services for HonorBridge.

HonorBridge supported hospitals throughout the campaign by providing a variety of resources and tools in order to assist their partners in their donation education efforts and registration activities. Hospitals earned points for each activity and were awarded platinum, gold, silver, or bronze recognition, accordingly.

In HonorBridge’s service area, the following 44 hospitals and transplant centers received recognition:

  • Alamance Regional Medical Center – Platinum
  • Cape Fear Valley Health System – Platinum
  • Carolina East Medical Center – Platinum
  • Columbus Regional Healthcare System – Platinum
  • Duke Regional Hospital – Platinum
  • Duke University Medical Center – Platinum
  • Frye Regional Medical Center – Platinum
  • Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital – Platinum
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center – Platinum
  • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center – Platinum
  • Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center – Platinum
  • Randolph Hospital – Platinum
  • UNC Hospital – Platinum
  • Vidant Beaufort Hospital – Platinum
  • Vidant Bertie Hospital – Platinum
  • Vidant Chowan Hospital – Platinum
  • Vidant Medical Center – Platinum
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center – Platinum
  • WakeMed – Platinum
  • Pender Memorial Hospital – Gold
  • Vidant Edgecombe Hospital – Gold
  • Wayne Memorial Hospital – Gold
  • Ashe Memorial Hospital – Silver
  • Carteret Healthcare – Silver
  • Central Carolina Hospital – Silver
  • Charles A Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital – Silver
  • FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital – Silver
  • FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital – Hoke Campus – Silver
  • FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital – Richmond – Silver
  • Halifax Regional Medical Center – Silver
  • Harnett Health – Betsy Johnson Hospital – Silver
  • Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital – Silver
  • Maria Parham Health – Silver
  • Nash Health Care System – Silver
  • Onslow Memorial Hospital – Silver
  • Rex Healthcare – Silver
  • Sentara Albemarle Medical Center – Silver
  • Southeastern Regional Medical Center – Silver
  • UNC Hospital Hillsborough Campus – Silver
  • Vidant Duplin Hospital – Silver
  • Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital – Silver
  • Watauga Medical Center – Silver
  • Duke Raleigh Hospital – Bronze
  • High Point Regional Hospital – Bronze

“Our hospitals partners have a vital role in saving lives through the donation process. It is wonderful to see so many of them get this important recognition for their commitment to educating the community about the importance of healing lives through donation and transplantation,” said Danielle Bumarch, President/CEO of HonorBridge.

About HonorBridge

HonorBridge is the federally-designated, non-profit organ and tissue donation organization serving 7.2 million people in 77 counties of North Carolina and Danville, Virginia.  HonorBridge maximizes the passing of the heroic gift of life from one human being to another through organ and tissue donation. In North Carolina, nearly 3,000 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant, and nationally, almost 117,000 people are on the organ waiting list.  For more information, visit HonorBridge.org or call 1-800-200-2672.