AdventHealth Waterman, AdventHealth Daytona Beach and AdventHealth DeLand have earned national recognition for their efforts to increase organ, eye and tissue donor registrations, through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) hospital organ donation campaign.
“Receiving this recognition is a wonderful reflection of the hard work our teams put in to raising awareness for the need for organ donors on a national scale,” Julie Vincent, chief clinical officer for the AdventHealth operations in Lake, Volusia and Flagler counties, says in a news release. “There is a critical and growing need for registered organ, eye and tissue donors. Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the organ transplant list, and by working to increase the number of potential donors, we can help give hope to those in dire need of a new organ. Someone’s life could be saved because of a wonderful gift of an organ from a stranger.”
The WPFL is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration and the organ-donation community with workplaces across the nation in spreading the word about the importance of donation. To sign up as a donor, go to donatelifeflorida.org.
Across the nation, nearly 1,500 organizations participated in the 2019 campaign. AdventHealth Waterman was one of 226 facilities to earn the gold-level designation. AdventHealth Daytona Beach was one of 380 facilities to earn the silver-level designation. AdventHealth DeLand was one of 230 facilities to earn the bronze-level designation.
The WPFL hospital organ donation campaign challenges health-care organizations to educate their staff, patients, visitors and communities about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation and provide opportunities to register as donors. Each hospital earned points for completing awareness and registry activities.
Since its inception in 2011, the campaign has generated more than 492,000 registrations. 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.
Encompassing six AdventHealth hospitals in Lake, Flagler and Volusia counties, the AdventHealth Central Florida Division – North Region is the largest hospital system in the area with 1,208 beds and more than 8,000 team members, the release states. The North Region includes facilities in Tavares, Daytona Beach, DeLand, Orange City, New Smyrna Beach and Palm Coast.