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US Department of Health and Human Services Recognizes HonorBridge and Hospital Partners for Efforts to Increase Donation and Transplantation Awareness

HonorBridge is among a select group of organ procurement organizations nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for working with hospitals and transplant centers in its service area to conduct activities that raised awareness of the critical need for organ donation. HonorBridge and these facilities are part of the national Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Campaign, sponsored by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

HonorBridge invited hospitals and transplant centers to participate in Phase IV of the campaign and worked with them to plan awareness and registry activities focused on increasing the number of organ, eye, and tissue donors. Facilities earned points for each activity implemented between August 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, and were awarded gold, silver, or bronze recognition by HRSA.

Of the 1,658 hospitals and transplant centers enrolled in the national campaign, 736 were awarded recognition during this phase of the campaign. These numbers represent a 29 percent increase in enrollment and a 56 percent increase in recognition over Phase III, and, according to HRSA, are “a tribute to the work that so many have dedicated to this effort. Most important, since launching in 2011, the campaign has added more than 350,000 donor enrollments to state registries around the country, far surpassing the original goal of 300,000.”

In HonorBridge’s service area, the following 33 hospitals and transplant centers received recognition:

  • Duke Raleigh Hospital – Bronze
  • Lenoir Memorial Hospital – Bronze
  • The Outer Banks Hospital – Bronze
  • Washington County Hospital – Bronze
  • Columbus Regional Healthcare – Silver
  • Danville Regional Medical Center – Silver
  • Davis Regional Medical Center – Silver
  • Fayetteville VA Medical Center – Silver
  • Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital – Silver
  • Kernersville Medical Center – Silver
  • Moses Cone Memorial Hospital – Silver
  • Onslow Memorial Hospital – Silver
  • Pender Memorial Hospital – Silver
  • Southeastern Regional Medical Center – Silver
  • Cape Fear Valley Medical Center – Gold
  • Carolina East – Gold
  • Catawba Valley Medical Center – Gold
  • Duke Regional Hospital – Gold
  • Duke University Hospital – Gold
  • First Health Moore Regional – Gold
  • Frye Regional Medical Center – Gold
  • Nash Healthcare – Gold
  • New Hanover Regional Medical Center – Gold
  • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center – Gold
  • Randolph Hospital – Gold
  • Rex Healthcare – Gold
  • UNC Hospitals – Gold
  • Vidant Chowan Hospital – Gold
  • Vidant Edgecombe Hospital – Gold
  • Vidant Health-Bertie Medical Center – Gold
  • Vidant Medical Center – Gold
  • Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center – Gold
  • Wilson Medical Center – Gold

“HonorBridge is very fortunate to have hospital partners, such as these hospitals, who collaborate with us in conducting education about donation and transplantation.  Because of their efforts, lives are being saved,” said Lloyd Jordan, President/CEO of HonorBridge.

The campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America state teams, and state hospital associations. Working together, teams leverage communications resources and outreach efforts to proactively promote the critical need for donors.