Trinitas Regional Medical Center said it was recently honored with the 2022 Workplace Partnership for Life Platinum Award for its organ and tissue donation awareness program from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Platinum Award is the highest accolade granted by HRSA to hospitals that promote organ and tissue donation among their community and hospital. Trinitas coordinates its outreach efforts with NJ Sharing Network, the nonprofit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue in the Garden State.
The recognition is part of HRSA’s Workplace Partnership for Life initiative, launched in August 2014, which connects organ and tissue donation organizations with hospitals to create ongoing awareness and registry campaigns to educate team members, patients, visitors and community members.
“We are proud to be recognized by HRSA for our ongoing partnership with NJ Sharing Network to save and enhance lives through organ donation and transplantation,” Gary Horan, CEO and president of Trinitas, stated. “There are nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents currently waiting for a life-saving transplant. We must continue to raise awareness of this critical issue and remind our community that registering as an organ and tissue donor can help bring the gift of life to others.”
Throughout the past year, Trinitas conducted multiple awareness and registry activities to encourage new donor registrations. Activities included both in-person and online campaigns to reach internal and external audiences, such as Proclamation Day with Mayor J. Christian Bollwage of Elizabeth and the annual donor memorial service, including a flag display in honor of the donors in the Trinitas lobby. Donor Registration Day made it possible for 50 people to become registered organ donors.
“Trinitas and our hospital partners are vital to our life-saving mission,” Alyssa D’Addio, vice president of hospital and community services, NJ Sharing Network, said. “We have been fortunate to work with Trinitas’ dedicated team members. They are great advocates and have shown passion and energy in educating others about the power of donation and transplantation.”