Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, a Barnabas Health facility, recently received the Bronze Recognition Award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), as part of HRSA's Hospital Organ Donation Campaign.
The hospital campaign is a special effort of the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL), an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to enlist companies and organizations to be partners in promoting donor registration. Launched in 2011, HRSA's Hospital Organ Donation Campaign encourages hospitals to work with organ, eye and tissue donation organizations to create engaging donation registration drives and raise awareness and registration of donors within the hospital and its local community.
According to the HHS, nearly 124,000 people are currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S. Approximately 18 people die each day waiting for an organ.
"It's vital that we raise awareness about organ and tissue donation to enhance and save lives," said Melissa Peck, Hospital Services Manager, NJ Sharing Network, a federally designated organ procurement organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for the nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents currently awaiting transplantation. Peck helps promote best practices about raising awareness, offers education and assists hospital leadership in reviewing and implementing donation policies.
"We began raising awareness among hospital staff and employees, then expanded our outreach efforts to patients and visitors," said Dottie Perez, Administrative Director of Quality and Accreditation, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus. "As a leading health care provider in the region, it is part of our duty to provide ongoing and widespread access to organ donor registration information and encourage people to register to save a life."
The Bronze Recognition Award signifies Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus' donation and registration efforts between June 2013 and May 2014. During that timeframe, the hospital worked with NJ Sharing Network to educate and register new donors by promoting organ donation to hospital employees, providing educational materials about donation and debunking common myths associated with organ donation and registration.
As part of Barnabas Health, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus and NJ Sharing Network support the families of potential donors and organize a special honorarium flag raising service for the patient and their family when a donation has occurred. The medical center has had two flag raising services in four months, signifying possible lifesaving benefits for dozens of potential recipients.
"That's a big deal – one organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people," said Peck, adding that fewer than 1 percent of people clinically qualify as organ donors, so registering as a donor is important. "We encourage everyone to make the decision to register as an organ donor and share the information with their families and others."
In addition to partnering with the NJ Sharing Network, Barnabas Health works with the Motor Vehicle Commission and the New Jersey Hospital Association to promote organ donor registration. Other Barnabas Health facilities recognized by HRSA include Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.
For more information on NJ Sharing Network or to register to be an organ donor, visit www.njsharingnetwork.org. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, visit
About Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus:
Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is an acute-care community hospital located in Lakewood, Ocean County. A Barnabas Health facility, Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus merged with Monmouth Medical Center, a teaching hospital located in Long Branch, Monmouth County, in 2014. The hospitals are dedicated to improving the health and well being of the communities they proudly serve through expanded access to specialty outpatient services that focus on preventive medicine and healthy living. The partnership has also expanded patients' access to geriatric and pediatric emergency services, as well as outpatient neurology, oncology and geriatric services. Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus is in the process of converting to all private rooms, which will make it the only provider in the region with all private rooms for overnight stays. For more information about Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, visit www.barnabashealth.org.