HIBBING — Fairview Range Medical Center 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.
Fairview Range Medical Center 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 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 awards were awarded during this phase of the campaign.
“Last year, Fairview Range had two tissue donors and so far this year there have been three. These three donors alone can enhance the lives of up to 375 people over the course of five years,” says Patrick Sharp, Fairview Range CEO. “This gift of life says much about our capacity for great compassion and generosity and sends an inspiring message to others about the importance of tissue and organ donation.”
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 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.