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Vermont Hospitals Recognized Nationally for Promoting Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation

August 20, 2018

Montpelier, VT – Eight of Vermont’s not profit hospitals were among a select group recognized nationally for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries as part of a campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.

“We are proud that so many of Vermont’s hospitals have been recognized for their work to raise the profile of enrollment in Vermont’s organ donor registries,” said Jeff Tieman, Vermont Association of Hospital and Health Systems president and CEO. “The decision to become an organ donor can be a deeply personal one. That is why it is so important for hospitals and providers to raise awareness and share information about this lifesaving registry.” 

Participating hospitals 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. Vermont hospitals earned points for each activity implemented between October 2017 and April 2018 and were awarded silver and bronze recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.

See the full list of hospitals recognized here.

Vermont Hospitals include:

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital – Bronze
UVM Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center—Silver
Grace Cottage Hospital—Bronze
Mt. Ascutney Hospital—Silver
North Country Hospital—Bronze
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital – Bronze
Springfield Hospitals—Bronze
White River Junction VT Medical Center—Bronze

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 and ultimately, the number of organs available for transplant.

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About Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS)
VAHHS is the state association representing Vermont’s 15 not-for-profit hospitals. The association advocates locally and nationally on behalf of its members on health care and public policy issues.  As community members, partners and builders, Vermont’s hospitals are committed to providing access to high-quality care, while advancing health care reforms to improve the lives of our patients, families and communities. Our efforts center around supporting the collaboration of Vermont hospitals to make Vermont a healthier and stronger place.