Mountainsie Medical Center Recognized for Promoting Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

Joseph Roth, President and CEO, NJ Sharing Network; Nancy Chiocchi, ED Educator, Mountainside Medical Center; Chiara Marababol, Marketing Specialist, Mountainside Medical Center and Carolyn Welsh, VP and CCO, NJ Sharing Network

Montclair, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting awareness about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation, and enrollment in state organ donor registries. The national campaign was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and added more than 400,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.

In partnership with HRSA and Workplace Partnership for Life, more than 1,000 hospitals across the country participated. Hospitals that reached various levels for conducting activities were recognized by HRSA and the campaign’s national partners for their efforts. Together, these workplaces added 26,975 donor registrations to state registries over a 7-month period. Mountainside Medical Center was among 32 Hospitals in the state of NJ that achieved the highest award level, PLATINUM (1,000 points).

Mountainside Medical Center conducted 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 2016 and April 2017 and was awarded PLATINUM recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.

“Many people don’t think about organ donation, or are afraid to think about the ‘what if’. But think about this, just one donor can save eight lives, and improve the lives of more than 100 through tissue donation. Currently 120,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ donation, and a new individual will join the list every 10 minutes. Being an organ donor is a very noble, selfless act, and know that if you do become an organ donor, you can save lives,” said John Fromhold, CEO, Mountainside Medical Center.

The Organ & Tissue campaign was 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.

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