NJ Sharing Network recognizes Saint Michael's with top award

NJ Sharing Network recognizes Saint Michael's with top award

10-09-2018

Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark was recognized by NJ Sharing Network for its efforts to save lives through organ and tissue donation.

Saint Michael’s received NJ Sharing Network’s platinum award, the highest level of achievement for hospitals.

“This award is recognition of how committed Saint Michael’s is to the mission of the NJ Sharing Network,” said Saint Michael’s Risk Manager Ellie Anderson, who leads the effort for the hospital. “With so many New Jersey residents waiting for organ transplants, raising awareness among our staff and patients about organ and tissue donation is critical to saving lives.”

Through the NJ Sharing Network, Saint Michael’s participates in the Hospital Campaign, which was launched June 2011 as a special effort of the national Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL), an initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration’s Division of Transplantation.

The WPFL Hospital Campaign focuses on hospitals and state, regional, and metro hospital associations, enlisting them in the effort and encouraging them to coordinate donor awareness and registry enrollment activities with their staff, patients, and community members.

“Our hospital partners are vital to our life-saving mission,” said Joe Roth, president and CEO of NJ Sharing Network. “With nearly 4,000 people in New Jersey in need of a transplant and 115,000 across the country, the work that hospital partners like Saint Michael’s do to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation is critical in helping more patients receive transplants.”

Since the beginning of this year, Saint Michael’s has assisted in gifting two organ donors resulting in five organs transplanted – two livers, two kidneys and a heart. The hospital, a member of the Prime Healthcare network, also assisted in gifting three tissue donors resulting in 174 gifts, including bone, skin and corneas.

The award is based on numerous activities throughout the year promoting organ and tissue donation, including participating in walks, selling t-shirts, staffing an informational table in the hospital lobby, sharing social media posts and a flag-raising ceremony.

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