Tulane Medical Center Earns National Recognition for Promoting Organ, Eye, Tissue Donations

Tulane Medical Center has earned platinum recognition for its efforts to increase organ, eye, and tissue donor registrations across the state. The award was presented by the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, 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.

Tulane Medical Center participated in HRSA’s WPFL Hospital Organ Donation Campaign from October of 2018 to April of 2019. The program challenges hospitals and healthcare organizations to “let life bloom” by educating their staff, patients, visitors, and communities about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation and by offering them opportunities to register as donors. Tulane Medical Center earned points for completing awareness and registry activities and prompting 10 new donor registrations during the campaign period.

Tulane Medical Center was one of more than 1,490 organizations to participate in the 2019 campaign and one of 639 organizations to earn platinum recognition.

“One organ donor has the power to save up to nine lives, restore sight to two people and enhance the lives of up to 50 more through tissue donation,” said Ed Medina, vice president of the Tulane Transplant Institute. “While our transplant team cares for and surgically facilitates transplantation, it’s the organ donors that truly give the gift of life. It’s part of our mission to make sure as many people as possible sign up to become organ donors and provide that gift of life to the patients we serve, and others all over the country awaiting a transplant.”

Randy Moresi, Tulane Health System interim CEO, accepts the Workplace Partnership for Life Platinum award from Jessica Dufrene, Donor Coordinator for the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA).