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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Recognizes Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville Hospital for Organ Donor Enrollment Achievement
Louisville, Ky. (August 6, 2015) –Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville Hospital, both part of KentuckyOne Health, are among a select group of hospitals and transplant centers nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for achievement by conducting activities that promoted enrollment in state organ donor registries.
Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville Hospital’s awareness and registry campaigns educated staff, patients, visitors and community members on the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donors and thereby increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville Hospital both earned points for each activity implemented during Phase IV of the campaign, between August 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, and were awarded gold recognition by HRSA.
The hospitals are part of the national Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Campaign, sponsored by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Of the 1,658 hospitals and transplant centers enrolled in the campaign, 736 were awarded recognition during this phase of the campaign. These numbers represent a 29 percent increase in enrollment and a 56 percent increase in recognition over Phase III, and, according to HRSA, are “a tribute to the work that so many have dedicated to this effort. Most important, 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.”
Other KentuckyOne Health facilities honored include Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph Jessamine.
“Being an organ donor means truly giving the gift of life to someone in need,” said Joseph Gilene, president of Jewish Hospital and Downtown Market, KentuckyOne Health. “As health care professionals, we are stewards of this need and hope our efforts can help bring wellness, healing and hope to all through our work in Kentuckiana.”
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 their 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.
Jewish Hospital and University of Louisville Hospital both worked with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and the Kentucky Hospital Association on the campaign.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.