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Published on May 30, 2014

Rutland Regional Medical Center Recognized for Organ Donation Outreach by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Rutland, VT — Rutland Regional Medical Center was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching gold, silver, and bronze level of recognition for public education about donation and state donor registries.

Rutland Regional Medical Center 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. Rutland Regional earned points for each activity planned between September 2012 and May 2013 and was awarded silver recognition through the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, a program launched in 2011 by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Of the 924 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 322 were awarded recognition, with Rutland being one of less than 100 hospitals that received silver level recognition.

This campaign is a special effort of HRSA’s Workplace Partnership for Life to mobilize the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of people in the country who are registered organ, eye, and tissue donors.  Currently, there are over 119,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States.  An average of 17 people dies every day due to lack of organs available for transplantation. 

Rutland Regional Medical Center worked with the Center for Donation & Transplant (CDT) in Albany, NY on the campaign to coordinate a number of events, such as posting donation information, displaying posters, distributing registry cards, flying a Donate Life Flag, celebrating April Donate Life Month, and hosting a donor registry enrollment event.

To date, the campaign has registered a total of 221,834 donors nationally.

For more information about Rutland Regional Medical Center’s participation in this campaign, contact the Marketing & Public Relations Department at 802.747.1607.

The Center for Donation & Transplant (CDT) is the federally designated non-profit health care organization that coordinates the organ and tissue donation process at more than 43 hospitals throughout northeastern New York and western Vermont.  CDT also coordinates community education about donation and transplant across its service area.  CDT is an accredited member of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations and a member in good standing with the United Network for Organ Sharing.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Established in 1896, Rutland Regional is the second largest hospital in Vermont. Their commitment to quality patient care led to Rutland Regional becoming the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation.

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