Iowa Hospitals Encouraged to Promote Organ Donation

From the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA):

IHA is partnering with the Iowa Donor Network (IDN) to encourage Iowa hospitals to participate in the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.  The campaign challenges hospitals to educate all employees and the communities they serve about the crucial need for organ, eye and tissue donation and encourage employees and community members to register as donors.

Specifically, IHA is asking hospitals to do two things.  First, encourage employees to register as organ donors at the Iowa Donor Registry.  The hospital should ask employees to name their hospital in the “in honor of” portion of their registration; this will allow IHA to track the number of new registrations coming from hospitals and measure the success of the campaign.  IHA’s goal is for each hospital to increase its registration by a number equal to 10 percent of its total employee pool.

Hospitals can promote registration among employees in a number of ways, but one effective approach is “Give 5-Save Lives.”  This strategy involves the hospital setting aside a series of brief, informative, five-minute sessions to give each employee the opportunity to learn more about organ and tissue donation and to make registration quick and convenient for you.

Hospitals are also asked to join IHA in flying the “Donate Life” flag for the entire month of April, which is National Organ Donor Awareness Month.  Hospitals that do not have a flag or need a new one should contact Jennifer Houtman(515/727-7897) at IDN.

IHA has created a resource page on its website to help hospitals promote organ donation and implement Give 5-Save Lives.  The resource page includes fact sheets about organ donation and downloadable templates for both internal and external letters, e-mails and newsletter articles.  Campaign logos, posters and other graphics can also be downloaded from the resource page.

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