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US Department of Health and Human Services Recognizes HonorBridge and its Hospital Partners for Efforts to Increase Organ Donor Registrations

HonorBridge was among a select group of organ procurement organizations (OPOs) nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for working with hospitals in its service area to reach gold, silver, and bronze levels of achievement for conducting activities that promoted enrollment in state organ donor registries. HonorBridge and the hospitals in its service area are part of a national hospital campaign, sponsored by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which has added 327,659 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide since 2011, exceeding the goal of 300,000.

HonorBridge recruited hospitals to the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign and worked with them to plan awareness and registry activities to increase the number of organ, eye, and tissue donors. The hospitals earned points for each activity implemented between June 2013 and May 2014 and were awarded gold, silver, or bronze recognition in June.

Of the 1,228 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 400 were awarded recognition in this phase of the campaign – ten in the HonorBridge service area.

  • Duke Raleigh Hospital – Bronze
  • The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital – Bronze
  • Randolph Hospital – Silver
  • Duke Regional Hospital – Gold
  • Duke University Hospital – Gold
  • Frye Regional Medical Center – Gold
  • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center – Gold
  • UNC Hospitals – Gold
  • Vidant Medical Center – Gold
  • Wake Forest Baptist 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.

This 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 registered as organ, eye, and tissue donors. The campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from OPOs, Donate Life America 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.