Reid Health ranks high in state, nation for organ donor awareness

February 12th, 2018

State ranks sixth out of 50 states for total number of honors in national campaign

Reid Health is one of only four hospital systems in the Indianapolis area and one of 14 in the state that has been recognized as among the top in the nation for organ donor awareness.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration recognized the 14 Hoosier hospitals with the nation’s highest award for success in promoting organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation services. The U.S. Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) hospital campaign was created in 2011 to improve the commitment to organ donation education among employees, members, and customers of the country’s health care systems and centers. In 2017, the Indianapolis area facilities that earned the campaign’s recognition of Platinum Level Award Winner besides Reid Health included Franciscan Health Indianapolis, IU Health Methodist and IU Health University Hospital.

“The more we can do to educate our communities translates to more lives we can save through donation and transplantation,” said Kellie Hanner, Indiana Donor Network president and chief executive officer. “Indiana Donor Network is pleased to partner with Reid Health on this important mission and is grateful for all they do every day of the year.”

With small and rural facilities and large health systems in Indiana participating in the 2017 WPFL Hospital Campaign, the state ranked sixth in the country for its overall number of campaign honors with 41 Hoosier hospitals earning Gold, Silver, or Bronze level recognition, and 14 facilities achieving Platinum status for their work conducting donation awareness and registry activities in their facilities and communities.

New Indiana registrants secured during WPFL were among the nationwide group of close to 30,000 new donors who added their names to the country’s state registries over a seven-month period, bringing the total national donor registrations added through the campaign to 419,102 since its inception.

For more information about Indiana Donor Network or to register a decision to become a donor, visit IndianaDonorNetwork.org. Indiana Donor Network is one of 58 designated organ recovery organizations in the United States and coordinates organ, tissue and eye donation throughout the state. Indiana Donor Network is devoted to public education about donation and transplantation with the goal of saving and enhancing more lives. For more information about Indiana Donor Network or to register your decision to become a donor, visit IndianaDonorNetwork.org.