SwedishAmerican Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.

SwedishAmerican 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 implemented between October 2017 and April 2018 and was awarded with Bronze Recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.

“SwedishAmerican is extremely honored to receive the Bronze Recognition award,” says SwedishAmerican Critical Care Manager Jeanna Babcock. “We strive to inform families about the importance of tissue and organ donation and work our hardest to ensure their expectations and needs are met. We have a great group of individuals who work at SwedishAmerican and SAMC/B and we are thrilled to know we were able to help save and improve hundreds of lives.”

The 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 and ultimately, the number of organs available for transplant. The campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their local 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.