CHH Recognized For Organ And Tissue Donation Outreach By U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital(CHH) was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching the bronze level of outreach for organ and tissue donation and registration.

CHH has 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 Connecticut’s donor registry. The Hospital earned points for each activity planned between September 2012 and May 2013 and was awarded bronze recognition through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, a program launched in 2011 by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Of the 924 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 322 were awarded recognition.

 “We are honored at CHH to be selected as one of the 322 hospitals across the nation for an award in supporting our LifeChoice Donor Services Program. This program allows victims of serious injury and illnesses who succumb to their diseases or accidents to help others. By letting family and friends know your wishes when you cannot give consent, assists the caregivers in supporting your families and granting your wishes at this difficult time. Our caregivers want to meet our patients’ needs and this is one way of making a difference for so many others. The staff at CHH is sensitive and well trained in this area thanks to the training support from Life Choice” said Donna M. Feinstein, RN, BSN, MM.

This 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, eye, and tissue donors.  The campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their 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. To date, the campaign has registered a total of 221,834 donors nationally.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital worked with LifeChoice Donor Services, the nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization serving the hospital, on the campaign.

 “It is encouraging to see the Hospital’s commitment to the donation process for their patients and families, both at the time of death and before through education about an important end of life decision,” says Chas Mackenzie, Director of Education and Hospital Services, LifeChoice Donor Services. “We are grateful for the continued partnership and efforts to help their community understand the life-affirming benefits of donation.”

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment.  One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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