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PALM COAST, Fla., November 15, 2016 — Florida Hospital Flagler is the only hospital in Volusia or Flagler counties to receive the silver award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for their efforts in encouraging enrollment in Florida’s organ donor registries.
Throughout the year, Florida Hospital Flagler led 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 Florida’s donor registry. The hospital earned points for each activity implemented between May 2015 and April 2016 and was awarded Silver recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life hospital campaign.
Of the 995 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 287 were awarded Silver recognition during this phase of the campaign. See the full list of recognized hospitals here.
“Last year, we received the bronze level award, and while we were very proud of that, achieving this higher level of recognition is a wonderful reflection of the hard work our team put into raising awareness for our nation’s critical need for organ donors,” said JoAnne King, Florida Hospital Flagler chief operating officer. “Any increase in our nation’s potential donors gives hope to those in dire need of a new organ and their families. Someone’s life will be saved because of a wonderful gift of an organ from a stranger.”
The Workplace Partnership for Life hospital campaign is a special effort of HRSA 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.
Florida Hospital Flagler worked with TransLife on the campaign. TransLife is east-Central Florida’s federally-designated organ and tissue donation program agency, covering 10 counties and partnering with more than 40 hospitals. At the time of donation, TransLife serves as a critical link between the hospital, the donor family and those awaiting the gift of life.
“This national recognition is extraordinary because it is indicative of the strong partners we have in our community who are committed to sharing the message of hope through organ, eye and tissue donation education,” said David DeStefano, TransLife’s Executive director. “We are proud of the work Florida Hospital Flagler has done to educate our community and look forward to continuing this shared message of hope in the future.”
TransLife is east-Central Florida’s federally-designated organ and tissue donation program, covering 10 counties and partnering with more than 45 hospitals. We are dedicated to saving and improving lives through organ and tissue donation and public education, while honoring all donors and their loved ones whose generosity makes the gift of life possible.
About Florida Hospital Flagler
Florida Hospital Flagler is a member of Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care organization with 46 hospital campuses and nearly 8,200 licensed beds in 10 states. With 99-beds, Florida Hospital Flagler is one of the six Florida Hospitals in Volusia and Flagler counties that composes the Florida Hospital East Florida Region. As the largest hospital system in the area, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region has 907 beds and nearly 6,000 employees. With a mission to extend the healing ministry of Christ, the Florida Hospital East Florida Region collectively contributed nearly $120 million in benefits in 2015 to the underprivileged, the community’s overall health and wellness and spiritual needs, and capital improvements. For more information about Florida Hospital Flagler, visit www.FloridaHospitalFlagler.com.
Florida Hospital Flagler is the only hospital in Volusia or Flagler counties to receive the silver award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for their efforts in encouraging enrollment in Florida’s organ donor registries. From left to right: TransLife Organ and Tissue Donation Services clinical manager Dan MacDuffie, Florida Hospital Flagler chief financial officer Cory Domayer, Palm Coast organ donation recipient and Florida Hospital Flagler National Donate Life appreciation award winner Cat Bradley, Florida Hospital Flagler ICU medical director and intensivist Dr. Gilles Chemtob, Florida Hospital Flagler chief operating officer JoAnne King, Florida Hospital Flagler chief medical officer Dr. Ron Thomas, Florida Hospital Flagler chief nursing officer Robert Davis, Florida Hospital Flagler CEO Dr. Ron Jimenez, Florida Hospital Flagler intensive care unit assistant nurse manager Tacha Souverain, and TransLife, Organ and Tissue Donation Services hospital and professional services coordinator Tonia Braddock.