Michigan Sees a 33 Percent Increase in the Number of Registered Organ Donors
This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality.
A New State Record: Michigan Adds 319,000 Organ Donors in 2010
Michigan added more than 319,000 people to the state’s organ donor registry, a 33 percent increase from 2009 and a new state record.
More than 2 million Michigan citizens have now documented their wish to someday help others through organ, tissue and eye donation. The waiting list of patients needing life-saving transplants stands at 3,000 statewide.
Success was achieved through the efforts of Michigan hospitals, Gift of Life Michigan, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality and the Michigan Eye-Bank. Michigan hospitals participating in the MHA Keystone: Gift of Life collaborative more than tripled the number of hospital-generated registrations as part of our Donor Drive 2010, and were among the best in the nation, adding 11,800 people to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry last year, up from 3,800 registrations in 2009.
Setting a Measurable Goal and Accomplishing it
Starting with a goal of adding one name for every two employees, participating hospitals were encouraged to recruit fellow employees, family members, neighbors, friends and colleagues.
Top hospitals in organ donor recruitment include:
- Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center in Dearborn recorded 797 registrations, the most of any Michigan hospital participant
- U of M Medical Center in Ann Arbor signed up 743 new donors
- Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit added 723
- Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak registered 649
- Portage Health in the Upper Peninsula recruited 517
Becoming a Donor
The process of becoming a donor in Michigan has changed and no longer entails signing the back of your driver’s license. Instead, you must join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry to receive a red heart emblem for the front of your license. For more information, visit the website, call (800) 482-4881 or visit any Secretary of State branch office.