Wyoming Medical Center earns national recognition for promoting organ, eye and tissue donation

By Kristy Bleizeffer one week ago

Members of WMC's Donor Resource team, from left front: Tara Cantrell, R.N. and Corrine Arross, R.N. Second row, left: Jenea Goddard, R.N., and Ambra Cortez, respiratory therapist; Third row: Gary Loghry (Donor Alliance) and Cari Hacking, R.N.

Wyoming Medical Center 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, Wyoming Medical Center 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. WMC earned points for completing awareness and registry activities and prompting the public to register new donor registrations during the campaign period. WMC’s goal was 10 new registrants that could register via brochures or online. 

WMC was one of more than 1,490 organizations to participate in the 2019 campaign and one of 639 organizations to earn platinum recognition.

"Wyoming Medical Center's Donor Resource Team, as well as the entire hospital, is very excited to be recognized with the Platinum Award from HRSA," said Jenea Goddard, R.N., ICU nurse manager and director of our Donor Resource Team. "Our hospital and the resource team strive to reach out to of those we care for and the community we serve to support and encourage tissue, eye,and organ donation."

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. WMC works with Donate Life Wyoming, Donor Alliance and the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank to leverage its outreach efforts.

"Wyoming Medical Center has continued to lead the region in its efforts to promote organ, eye and tissue donation. The hospital is indeed a focal point for the community as it recognizes and honors donors, their families and friends and the impact that donation has on those in need of a transplant," said Gary Loghry, Regional Donation Consultant for Donor Alliance. "The staff at WMC have created and maintained a culture that believes in the life saving goals of donation. They always practice sensitivity and discretion when addressing this pathway with families that have lost a loved one."