NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - NJ Sharing Network is partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration to work with hospitals to encourage people to sign up with the state’s organ and tissue donor registry through their Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) campaign, a donor registration hospital campaign.

The hospital campaign is an effort of HRSA’s Workplace Partnership for Life to mobilize the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of people in the country who are registered organ and tissue donors. The national campaign has added 327,659 donor designations to state registries nationwide since 2011, exceeding the goal of 300,000.

One of NJ Sharing Network’s hospital partners, Hackensack University Medical Center, was the first hospital to be awarded “Gold” recognition in the fourth phase of the HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign. Hospitals earned points for each activity implemented.

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“Our hospital partners are critical to our mission to save lives through organ and tissue donation,” said Joe Roth, president and chief executive officer of NJ Sharing Network. “We are proud to be able to support their outreach efforts. We especially want to congratulate Hackensack University Medical Center and its remarkable staff for reaching the highest level of achievement.”

The campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America affiliates, and state and regional hospital associations. Working together, the teams leverage their communications resources and outreach efforts to spread word of the critical need for donors. In New Jersey, nearly 5,000 people are waiting for life-saving organs.

Last year, 17 hospitals that worked with NJ Sharing Network were recognized in the Workplace Partnership for Life campaign, with eight earning silver recognition and seven earning bronze recognition. Two hospitals — Community Medical Center in Toms River and The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood —received gold recognition.

To spread the life-saving message, hospitals supported by NJ Sharing Network and united in the mission to save lives conducted a range of activities, such as creating displays at health fairs and blood drives, creating teams for the NJ Sharing Network Annual 5K Walk and USATF Certified Race, and writing articles for hospital publications. Some hospitals participated in Blue and Green Day activities as part of Donate Life month in April.

“We will continue to work with our hospitals and HRSA to encourage more people to understand they can truly save a life,” Roth said.