HackensackUMC is the First Hospital in the Nation Recognized for Organ Donor Enrollment Achievement
March 18, 2015 09:26 AM
Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that it is the first hospital nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching Phase IV Gold level achievement in the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign. This recognition is a direct result of activities promoting enrollment in the New Jersey state organ donor registry.
HackensackUMC is one of 1,342 hospitals and transplant centers participating in a national hospital campaign, sponsored by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which has added 327,815 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide since 2011.
“I want to commend our team members for their exceptional efforts,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of the Hackensack University Health Network. “We are proud to partner with the NJ Sharing Network on this vital campaign that empowers people to make a lifesaving decision to save others.”
Working in collaboration with the NJ Sharing Network, HackensackUMC 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 medical center earned points for each activity implemented between August 2014 and January 2015 and was the first to be awardedGold recognition in the Fourth Phase of the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, which continues through April 30 of this year.
HRSA’s Workplace Partnership for Life mobilizes the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of people in the country who are registered organ, eye, and tissue donors. This campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their 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 spread word of the need for donors.
About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It is one of the top 30 hospitals in the nation by receiving 11 national specialty rankings, including a national ranking for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and was Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.