November 26, 2019
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has earned Platinum Level 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, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point 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.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point was one of more than 1,480 organizations to participate in the 2019 campaign and one of 638 organizations to earn platinum recognition.
"We are indeed gratified to be recognized for the effort put forth by Bayonet Point staff, volunteers, and physicians in promoting the importance of how organ donations save lives. Earning the highest award from the US Department of Health & Human Services is indeed an honor," said Gina Temple, CEO.
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.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point worked with LifeLink of Florida, the local organ and tissue recovery program, as well as Donate Life Florida, the state organ and tissue donor registry, to leverage its outreach efforts. Get more information about the Hospital Campaign. An individual can make their decision to become a registered organ and tissue donor when obtaining a driver's license or going to Donate Life Florida's site.