OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center earns national recognition for promoting organ, eye, and tissue donation

9/21/2022 - Rockford, Illinois

OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center has earned national recognition for its efforts to increase organ, eye, and tissue donor registrations across the state through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign.

The WPFL is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the organ donation community with workplaces across the nation in spreading the word about the importance of donation.

OSF Saint Anthony earned Platinum recognition for conducting awareness and registry activities between October 2021 and April 2022, prompting five new donor registrations during that period, and for continuing to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, while navigating those changes and challenges within their hospital and community

OSF Saint Anthony was one of 1,333 organizations to participate in the 2022 campaign, which added 50,850 registrations to state registries. “Organ, eye and tissue donation is an act of compassion that connects all of us, offering the gift of life and healing to people in need,” said Rachel Monson, RN, clinical liaison for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, the nonprofit organization responsible for coordinating organ and tissue donation in Illinois and northwest Indiana. “We congratulate OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center on this national recognition of its work to promote and support organ, eye and tissue donation.”

Every nine minutes, another person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list, reaffirming the critical and growing need for more registered organ, eye, and tissue donors. For more information about the WPFL Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, visit www.organdonor.gov/hospital.