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
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
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
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
Flaget Memorial Hospital
McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital
Morgan County Appalachian Regional Hospital
St. Joseph London