Saving More Lives

HHS recognizes KODA and KHA efforts to increase organ donor enrollment

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) are among a select group of organ procurement organizations and hospital associations nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for working with hospitals and transplant centers in their service area to conduct activities that promoted enrollment in state organ donor registries. KODA, KHA, 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).

KODA and KHA recruited 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. 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.

Hospitals in KODA’s service area were among the highest percentage in participation nationally with 38 hospitals and two transplant centers receiving recognition, including 25 Gold, 11 Silver, and four Bronze.

“Kentucky hospitals are committed to saving lives and improving the health and wellness of their patients – it’s what guides the actions and decisions of nurses, physicians, and other caregivers every hour of every day, 365 days a year, inside Kentucky’s 125 hospitals. KHA is proud to collaborate with hospitals and KODA to ensure the ultimate gift of life is realized when tragedy or illness strikes,” said Michael T. Rust, president of the KHA.

This campaign is a special effort of HRSA’s WPFL designed to mobilize the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of those registered as potential organ, eye, and tissue donors. 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.

KENTUCKY HOSPITALS RECOGNIZED FOR OUTREACH EFFORTS GOLD, SILVER OR BRONZE

GOLD

Baptist Health Hospital Lexington

Baptist Health Richmond

Clark Regional Medical Center

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center

Fleming County Hospital

Georgetown Community Hospital

Hardin Memorial Hospital

Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital

Harrison Memorial Hospital

Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital

Jewish Hospital

Kentucky River Medical Center

Lake Cumberland regional Hospital

Meadowview regional Medical Center

Medical Center at Bowling Green

Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital

Owensboro Medical Health Systems

Pineville Community Hospital

The James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital

University of Kentucky Medical Center

University of Louisville Hospital

Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital

Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital

SILVER

Baptist Health Corbin

Baptist Health Louisville

Frankfort Regional Medical Center

King’s Daughters Medical Center

Mary Breckinridge Appalachian Regional Hospital

Norton Brownsboro Hospital

Pikeville Medical Center

St. Joseph East

St. Joseph Hospital Lexington

St. Joseph Jessamine

St. Joseph Mount Sterling Hospital

BRONZE

Flaget Memorial Hospital

McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital

Morgan County Appalachian Regional Hospital

St. Joseph London