National Campaign Aims to Increase Organ Donation
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.
Hospitals across the country have partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Health Resources and Services Administration on the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign to increase organ, eye, tissue, blood and bone marrow donation in U.S. hospitals and communities. The campaign aims to register 300,000 new donors by April 30 through registration drives, social media and other events.
Individuals and businesses can join in the effort to give the gift of life to residents waiting for a transplant this holiday season by visiting www.organdonor.gov and clicking on “How You Can Help.”
Michigan Gives the Gift of Life
Michigan hospitals, in concert with the MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality and Gift of Life Michigan, have a longstanding commitment to improve the organ donation process and increase the number of registered donors. These efforts have contributed significantly to saving and improving the lives of thousands of residents.
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson also made expanding Michigan’s organ donor list a priority. Johnson implemented a new policy directing branch employees to ask customers if they would like to join the donor registry and added organ donation reminders to some of the most widely distributed forms at branch offices across the state.
As a result of these efforts, 37,388 people signed up for the Michigan Organ Donor Registry last month, up 56 percent from November 2010. There have been more than 362,000 registrations so far this year — surpassing 2010’s record total of 319,000.
Individuals can register to become an organ donor by visiting the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.