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Mary Branham, Director, Communications
Saint Joseph Hospital Recognized Nationally
for Promoting Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation
Lexington, Ky. (September 10, 2018) – Saint Joseph Hospital was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.
Saint Joseph Hospital received the highest honor – platinum – by conducting awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors and community members about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. The hospital earned points for each activity implemented between October 2017 and April 2018 and was awarded platinum recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign. This is the first time Saint Joseph Hospital has received this recognition.
Of the 1,283 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 468 platinum awards were awarded during this phase of the campaign. See the full list of hospital associations and hospitals recognized here.
“Saint Joseph Hospital is honored to be recognized with a platinum award as we continue to help raise awareness in the community about the importance of organ donation,” said Bruce Tassin, market CEO for KentuckyOne Health and president of Saint Joseph Hospital. “We encourage those in the Lexington area to help us in our mission of saving lives by becoming an organ donor.”
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 who are registered organ, eye, and tissue donors and ultimately, the number of organs available for transplant. The campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their local organ procurement organizations, 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.
Saint Joseph Hospital worked with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) on the campaign.
“Saint Joseph Hospital has gone above and beyond to save and heal lives,” said Julie Bergin, chief executive officer for KODA. “We appreciate their generosity and passion to ensure everyone awaiting a life-changing organ, tissue or cornea transplant receives their gift of life. Without dedicated community leaders, like the team at Saint Joseph Hospital, the miracle of donation and transplantation would not be possible.”
About Saint Joseph Hospital
Saint Joseph Hospital is a nationally recognized tertiary medical center located in Lexington, KY. The 433-bed hospital primarily serves central and eastern Kentucky with a full range of services including distinguished awards for cardiology, orthopedics and stroke care. Saint Joseph Hospital is Lexington’s first hospital. Founded in 1877, by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, the hospital’s original mission was to provide compassionate care to the poor and underserved – a tradition still carried out today.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and includes hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.