Advocating for the gift of life

HONORED — Trinity Health System was one of 244 hospitals nationwide to earn bronze status in a national organ donor awareness campaign. Showing off the award are, from left, Barb Banfield, a Trinity nurse practitioner; Lisa Snodgrass, Trinity’s clinical manager CVU-ICU; Andrew S. Mullins, Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement director of partner service; and Kathy Warhola, L.O.O.P. regional hospital development coordinator.

STEUBENVILLE — Trinity Health System has been recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration.

Trinity, a part of Catholic Health Initiatives, conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors and community members about the need for organ, eye and tissue donors, and increased the number of potential donors on the Ohio’s donor registry. The hospital earned points for each activity implemented between October and April and was awarded bronze recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.

Of the 1,283 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 244 earned bronze awards during this phase of the campaign.

“We are proud of our employees for their efforts to improve organ donation awareness in our community, which could ultimately save lives,” said Matt Grimshaw, Trinity’s CEO. “Our employees continually look for ways to live out our mission to create healthier communities.”

The goal of the campaign is to mobilize the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of people in the country who are registered organ, eye and tissue donors and, ultimately, the number of organs available for transplant. The campaign joins donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their local organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America affiliates and state and regional hospital associations.

The campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.