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Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ and Tissue Donation

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ and Tissue Donation

Caption (l-r):  Shanon Abbott, RN, BSN, Hospital Services Manager, New Jersey Sharing Network, presents the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ HRSA award to Lourdes’ Loretta Aigner, Director, Transplant program, and Bill Pierce, RN, BSN, CCRN, RRT, MBA/HCM, Patient Safety Officer and Director of Infection Prevention, Clinical Risk Management, and Nursing Quality. Lourdes is among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for raising organ and tissue donation awareness.

Caption (l-r): Shanon Abbott, RN, BSN, Hospital Services Manager, New Jersey Sharing Network, presents the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ HRSA award to Lourdes’ Loretta Aigner, Director, Transplant program, and Bill Pierce, RN, BSN, CCRN, RRT, MBA/HCM, Patient Safety Officer and Director of Infection Prevention, Clinical Risk Management, and Nursing Quality. Lourdes is among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for raising organ and tissue donation awareness.

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for raising organ and tissue donation awareness in a national campaign sponsored by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Lourdes was awarded the campaign’s highest tier–Platinum Level.

Lourdes conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors and community members about the critical need for organ and tissue donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors. The hospital earned points for each activity implemented between May 2015 and April 2016, achieving the highest of the campaign’s four-level awards.

“We are honored to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for our work to increase the number of registered organ donors,” said Alan Pope, MD, Lourdes Health System Chief Medical Officer. “As a transplant center, we are acutely aware of the need for organ donation. Through the generosity of patients and their loved ones, we are able to provide second chances at life to residents across South Jersey and the region. I applaud our team for its commitment to this important initiative.”

The campaign is 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 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.

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center worked with NJ Sharing Network on the campaign. NJ Sharing Network is the organization in New Jersey responsible for saving lives through organ and tissue donation. By working with its hospital partners, the organization was able to make 531 transplants possible in 2015, a record-breaking year. More than 40 hospitals in the state received recognition for their commitment to raising awareness of organ and tissue donation

“Our hospital partners are vital to our life-saving mission,” said Joe Roth, president and Chief Executive Officer of NJ Sharing Network.  “With nearly 5,000 people in New Jersey in need of a transplant and 122,000 across the country, the work that our hospital partners do to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation ultimately leads to more patients receiving those transplants.”  

New Jersey is served by six transplant centers, only two of which perform liver transplantation. Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is the only solid organ transplant center in southern New Jersey. More than 1,300 patients have received the gift of life at Lourdes.

In an effort to honor all organ donors, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center lights the hospital’s iconic 30-foot, 15-ton statue of the Blessed Mother green each time a patient has an organ transplant at the hospital.

There are three easy ways to become and organ and tissue donor in New Jersey: add your name to the donor registry during a driver’s license or ID transaction, register online at www.njmvc.gov or request a paper registration at (800) 742-7365. To learn more about organ and tissue donation, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org.

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