More organ donations, thanks to hospital’s program

Published Aug 20, 2018 at 4:00pm

It was a platinum effort for Rome Memorial as the hospital was recognized for its major project to promote organ donations.

A special campaign was organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). More than 443,000 donor enrollments were added to state registries nationwide as a result of the campaign.

Rome Memorial Hospital is among a select group of hospitals recognized nationwide. The hospital 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. Of the 1,283 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 468 platinum awards were awarded during this phase of the campaign.

“There are nearly 10,000 people on waiting lists to receive the gift of organ and tissue donation in New York State alone,” said Patricia King RN, CCM,CDMS, assistant vice president continuum of care/donate life chairperson at Rome Memorial Hospital. “We have worked hard to help people realize how easy it is to register and how big a difference organ and tissue donation can make in people’s lives.

Rome Memorial Hospital worked with Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network on the campaign, and King praised “a great team within the hospital who has worked hard to help us achieve this goal and ultimately raise awareness.”