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North Oaks Earns National Recognition for Promoting Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

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North Oaks Earns National Recognition for Promoting Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

North Oaks Health System has earned platinum recognition for its efforts to increase organ, eye, and tissue donor registrations across the state, through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign.

The WPFL is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the organ donation community with workplaces across the nation in spreading the word about the importance of donation.

Between October 2018 and April 2019, North Oaks participated in HRSA’s WPFL Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The program challenges hospitals and healthcare organizations to “let life bloom” by educating their staff, patients, visitors and communities about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation and by offering them opportunities to register as donors. North Oaks earned points for completing awareness and registry activities and prompting new donor registrations during the campaign period.

By working with LOPA (Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency) to leverage its outreach efforts, North Oaks was one of more than 1,490 organizations to participate in the 2019 campaign and one of 639 organizations to earn platinum recognition.

“North Oaks and LOPA’s partnership progresses every year,” affirms the health system’s Trauma Program Manager Tyler Brignac, MBA, BSN, RN. “This award substantiates our partnership and North Oaks’ commitment to educating our community on the importance and benefits of organ and tissue donation.”

This year’s Hospital Organ Donation Campaign added more than 48,000 registrations to state registries and the Puerto Rico registry, which also includes registrations from the U.S. Virgin Islands. The campaign has generated more than 492,000 registrations since its inception in 2011 and unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their local organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America affiliates, and state and regional hospital associations.

Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the organ transplant list, reaffirming the critical and growing need for registered organ, eye, and tissue donors.

For more information about the Hospital Campaign, click here. To sign up as a donor, click here. To view the full list of healthcare organizations recognized nationwide, click here.