StoneSprings Hospital Center has earned Bronze recognition from the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign for its efforts to increase organ, eye, and tissue donor registrations across the state.
The WPFL is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the organ donation community with workplaces across the nation in spreading the word about the importance of donation.
Between October 2018 and April 2019, StoneSprings Hospital Center participated in HRSA's WPFL Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The program challenges hospitals and healthcare organizations to "Let life bloom" by educating their staff, patients, visitors, and communities about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation, and offering them opportunities to register as donors. StoneSprings Hospital Center earned points for completing awareness and registry activities and prompting new donor registrations during the campaign period.
StoneSprings Hospital Center was one of more than 1,480 organizations to participate in the 2019 campaign and one of 228 organizations to earn Bronze recognition.
"We are appreciative of the recognition," said Matt Mathias, CEO of StoneSprings Hospital Center. "The Campaign and receiving the Bronze recognition plaque are both opportunities for us to again raise awareness in our community for the importance of donation and registration."
This year's Hospital Organ Donation Campaign added more than 48,000 registrations to state registries and the Puerto Rico registry, which also includes registrations from the U.S. Virgin Islands. The campaign has generated more than 492,000 registrations since its inception in 2011 and unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their local organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America affiliates, and state and regional hospital associations. StoneSprings Hospital Center worked with the Washington Regional Transplant Community to leverage its outreach efforts.
According to the Health and Human Services Administration, every 10 minutes, another person is added to the organ transplant list, reaffirming the critical and growing need for registered organ, eye, and tissue donors.
Find out more information about the Hospital Campaign. To register as a donor, visit the Donate a Life Virginia site. Those who are unsure of their registry status can also search the site using their Driver's License or ID number.