Dr. Scott Norwood, Trauma Medical Director of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and Carol Hostetler hold Bayonet Point's recognition plaque while nursing director and hospital staff pose for a photo.

Tampa Bay/Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point proudly announces that it has been recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health & Human Services with a Platinum recognition for activities to increase enrollment in our state registry as organ, eye, and tissue donors.

The hospital was informed by LifeLink of Florida that the award was in recognition of Bayonet Point's organ donor registration efforts between October 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018. The hospital received the platinum recognition this year based on a point calculation. The National Donate Life Month scorecard was used to calculate the award. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point worked closely with LifeLInk of Florida to educate and register new donors.

The "Hospital Organ Donation Campaign" was launched in June 2011 as a special effort of the Workplace Partnership For Life. Through the campaign, organ, eye, and tissue donation organizations work with hospitals to create engaging donation registration drives, social media campaigns, and other events to raise awareness and register donors with the hospital's facilities and local community. The Workplace Partnership for Life initiative joins the US Department of Health & Human Services with the donation community to spread the word about the importance of organ, eye, tissue, blood and bone marrow donation and encourage the American public to register as donors.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point conducted a wide range of hospital communications programs and events to raise awareness of the need for the general public to register as donors. The hospital hosted various donor registry events in high traffic areas of the hospital, held a donation flag raising ceremony for its staff and the community at large, and ran a campaign of hospital public service announcements on their internal cable channel. Presentations about organ, eye and tissue donations were made; posters were displayed throughout the facility. The hospital even joined with an organ recipient who showed appreciation for staff efforts regarding the donation process.

This year local hospitals provided education to thousands and helped the Donate Life Florida organ and tissue donor registry hit a milestone of 10.2 million registrants, making it the third largest donor registry in the United States behind Texas and California.

In presenting the award to Bayonet Point Hospital, Carolyn Hostetler, Hospital Development Liaison, said, "LifeLink would like to thank Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for their continued support helping save lives through organ and tissue donation and we look forward to working with you as we begin our new campaign. The new campaign began October 1, 2018."