FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2015

Contact: Jenny Miller Jones
859-967-2910


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES RECOGNIZES KENTUCKY ORGAN DONOR AFFILIATES AND THE KENTUCKY HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION FOR EFFORTS TO INCREASE ORGAN DONOR REGISTRATIONS TO SAVE MORE LIVES

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 2 transplant centers receiving recognition, including 25 Gold, 11 Silver and 4 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.  Through the gift of organ and tissue donation, lives are saved because someone said yes to organ donation.  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 Kentucky Hospital Association.

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.

 

 

 

About Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA)

 

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. KODA is an independent, non-profit organ and tissue procurement organization and was formed to establish a statewide educational and procurement network. KODA serves 114 counties in Kentucky, four counties in southern Indiana and two counties in western West Virginia. The KODA service area includes 112 hospitals, three transplant centers and a multicultural population of four million. For more information about KODA visit www.kyorgandonor.org.

About the Kentucky Hospital Association

The Kentucky Hospital Association was established in 1929 and is a not-for-profit organization of which all Kentucky hospitals are members. The Association represents and facilitates collaborative efforts among Kentucky hospitals and is the source for strategic information about the constantly changing health care environment. KHA is a membership-driven organization that provides proactive leadership to create an environment in which Kentucky hospitals are successful in serving their communities. For more information, go to www.kyha.com

 

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HRSA’s Workplace Partnership For Life

 “Let Life Bloom” Hospital Organ Donation Campaign

Kentucky Hospitals Recognized for Outreach Efforts – GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE

 

Kentucky

Baptist Health Corbin-Silver

Baptist Health Hospital Lexington-Gold

Baptist Health Louisville-Silver

Baptist Health Richmond-Gold

Clark Regional Medical Center-Gold

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center-Gold

Flaget Memorial Hospital-Bronze

Fleming County Hospital-Gold

Frankfort Regional Medical Center-Silver

Georgetown Community Hospital-Gold

Hardin Memorial Hospital-Gold

Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital-Gold

Harrison Memorial Hospital-Gold

Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital-Gold

Jewish Hospital-Gold

Kentucky River Medical Center-Gold

King’s Daughters Medical Center-Silver

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital-Gold

Mary Breckinridge Appalachian Regional Hospital-Silver

McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital-Bronze

Meadowview Regional Medical Center-Gold

Medical Center at Bowling Green-Gold

Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital-Gold

Morgan County Appalachian Regional Hospital-Bronze

Norton Brownsboro Hospital-Silver

Owensboro Medical Health Systems-Gold

Pikeville Medical Center-Silver

Pineville Community Hospital-Gold

St. Joseph East-Silver

St. Joseph Hospital Lexington-Silver

St. Joseph Jessamine-Silver

St. Joseph London-Bronze

St. Joseph Mount Sterling Hospital-Silver

The James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital-Gold

University of Kentucky Medical Center-Gold

University of Louisville Hospital-Gold

Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital-Gold

Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital-Gold