St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center Recognized for Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness
(PUEBLO, COLO.) St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has received bronze recognition fromthe Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Workplace Partnership for Life Program(WPLP).WPLP recognizes hospitals with medals for the activities that they do to promote organ & tissue donation awareness.
I am so proud to accept this award on behalf of St. Mary-Corwin, said Dr. Charles Raye, the hospitals Chief Medical Officer and a three-time organ and tissue recipient, As someone who has directly benefitted from organ and tissue transplants, I know first-hand the importance of organ and tissue donation.
St. Mary-Corwin is the only hospital in Pueblo to be recognized for actively promoting organ and tissue donation awareness in 2014. St. Mary-Corwin had ten tissue donors which will enhance the lives of up to one thousand recipients. The award was presented in April, which was National Donate Life Month, and demonstrates the hospitals commitment to encouraging organ and tissue donation.
So far in 2015, St. Mary-Corwin has had one organ donor, and five tissue donors. That means that in just the first four months this year, four lives have been saved and 500 lives have, or will be, enhanced by these gifts. The hospital works closely with Donor Alliance to train staff on discussing donation with family members. Donor Alliance also works with families to discuss the benefits of organ and tissue donation.
Donor Alliance is the federally-designated, Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) accredited, non-profit organ procurement organization tissue bank serving Colorado and most of Wyoming. As a recognized leader in facilitating the donation and recovery of transplantable organs and tissues, Donor Alliances mission is to save lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Fast Facts about Organ and Tissue Donation:
- In Colorado and Wyoming 2,716 people are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant.
- 67% of Coloradans are registered organ, eye and tissue donors.
- Of those waiting, 1,876 are waiting for a kidneythe organ most in need (69%)and 698 are waiting for a liver (26%).
- 15% of current transplant candidates in Colorado have been on the waiting list for 5 years ormore.
- 32% of those waiting for an organ transplant are under 50 years of age; another 45% are between 50 and 64.
- Colorado has one of the nations highest-performing state donor registries with nearly 68% of drivers license/ID card applicants registering as organ and tissue donors.
About St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning programs in womens services, orthopedics, cancer, cardiology, stroke, trauma and emergency services. St. Mary-Corwins expert team of physicians, nurses and caregivers provide compassionate, quality patient care, with access to the latest in medical technology. St. Mary-Corwin is part of Centura Health, the regions largest health care network. For more information on St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, visit stmarycorwin.org or follow on Twitter @StMaryCorwin and facebook.com/StMaryCorwin.