Clinton, MD – August 15, 2019 – MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (MSMHC) has achieved Platinum Status from the Washington Regional Transplant Community for the hospital’s dedication to promoting organ and tissue donation in 2019.
According to WRTC, “MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center has earned Platinum-level recognition for its efforts to increase organ, eye, and tissue donor registrations across the state, through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. 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, MedStar Southern Maryland 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 by offering them opportunities to register as donors. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center earned points for completing awareness and registry activities and prompting new donor registrations during the campaign period.”
MSMHC was one of more than 1,480 organizations to participate in the 2019 campaign and one of 638 hospitals across the country to earn platinum recognition, one of only three in the State of Maryland.
“Our continued work with WRTC is a great partnership that benefits our patients, their families, and the community as a whole,” said Dr. Katharine Modisett, who is a critical care physician at MSMHC. “Achieving this designation from WRTC is an honorable achievement and testament to our ongoing commitment to providing the best care to our patients at MSMHC.”
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.
“I am very fortunate to be able to walk into the hospital and receive so much support from every single person,” said Freddy Medina, Hospital Services & Professional Education Specialist at WRTC. “It’s rare to find a workplace where going above and beyond is in their nature. This Platinum-level Workplace Partnership For Life recognition is a great testament to all the hard work and support WRTC receives from MSMHC to ensure their staff is aware of the importance and impact of organ. eye and tissue donation in the community we both serve.”
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. For more information about the Hospital Campaign, visit www.organdonor.gov/hospitals. To sign up as a donor, go to BeADonor.org.
The Donate Life campaign is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Workplace Partnership for Life, mobilizing 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. According to WRTC, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration’s Donate Life campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide. MSMHC worked with the Washington Regional Transplant Community on the campaign.