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Ephraim McDowell recognized for organ donation outreach

Hospital one of only 15 in Kentucky receiving gold recognition

DANVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2014) – Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (EMRMC) was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching the gold level of outreach for organ donation and registration. EMRMC was one of only 15 hospitals in Kentucky receiving gold recognition. 

Ephraim McDowellEMRMC 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 the state’s donor registry. The hospital earned points for each activity planned between September 2013 and May 2014 and was awarded gold recognition through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, a program launched in 2011 by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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 (OPOs), Donate Life America (DLA) 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 become an organ and tissue donor, visit www.donatelifeky.org.