EORH recognized for promoting donation

Recognizing East Ohio Regional Hospital for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries are, from left, Peggy Porter, EORH representative for Lifeline of Ohio; Kathy Warhola, Lifeline of Ohio regional development representative; Chris Kerwood, EORH chief nursing officer, and Jennifer Coello, EORH chief operating officer.

East Ohio Regional Hospital has been recognized with platinum status 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.

The campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.

Peggy Porter, the hospital’s Lifeline of Ohio advisory council representative, conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors and community members about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donors. The efforts increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry.

Jennifer Coello, chief operating officer at EORH, said, “Peggy does a great job promoting enrollment in the state organ donor registry to our community and our staff at East Ohio Regional Hospital. We are very pleased to receive this platinum recognition and are proud of our efforts to spread the word about the need for donors.”

The hospital earned points for each activity implemented between October 2017 and April. It was awarded the highest level of platinum recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life hospital campaign. Of the 1,283 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 468 platinum designations were awarded at the completion of the campaign.

Working with Porter on many of the EORH initiatives was Kathy Warhola, regional hospital development representative for Lifeline of Ohio. Warhola presented the award to Porter and members of the EORH administration.

Warhola said, “I am so very pleased to present this Platinum Award to East Ohio Regional Hospital. Their work this year gives hope to the nearly 115,000 Americans and more than 600 individuals in our service area who are waiting on a life-saving organ transplant.”

This campaign is a special effort of the 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 communication resources and outreach efforts to spread word of the critical need for donors.

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