Good Samaritan Hospital is being honored with the 2016 Workplace Partnership for Life Platinum Award for its organ and tissue donation program from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Platinum Award is the highest accolade granted by HRSA to hospitals who promote organ and tissue donation among their community and hospital. Good Samaritan is one of only ten hospitals regionally to receive the Platinum Award.

The recognition is part of HRSA’s Workplace Partnership for Life initiative, launched in August 2014, which connects organ, eye, and tissue donation organizations with hospitals to create activities such as donor registration drives. Good Samaritan Hospital coordinates its donation efforts with the San Ramon, Calif.-based Donor Network West, one of the largest tissue recovery organizations in the nation.

“Good Samaritan Hospital has been honored with the Platinum Award because they are very proactive in their organ and tissue donation program. In addition to having a very effective Donor Council—which not every hospital has—they are dedicated to educating their staff about donation, and about making referrals when a patient meets clinical cues,” said Charles Chen, donation program consultant for Donor Network West. “Currently, there are more than 119,000 individuals waiting for an organ transplant nationally, and California patients make up 18 percent of this waitlist. There continues to be a huge need.”

Donor Network West also reports that more than 1 million people are in need of a tissue transplant every year, one person is added to the national organ waitlist every 10 minutes, and that, on average, 22 individuals die each day awaiting an organ for transplant. The need for donor kidneys is increasing at a fast rate as more patients are diagnosed with hypertension or diabetes throughout the U.S. The average wait time for a kidney transplant is eight years. Additionally, more than 60,000 people are legally blind and are currently waiting for a cornea transplant.

“Organ, eye and tissue donors are needed to save lives every day. At Good Samaritan, we are committed to ongoing donor education efforts among our staff and patient community,” said Joe DeSchryver, CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital. “While we are truly honored to receive an award for our current endeavors supporting organ donation, we also recognize that this program must continue to grow to support the health of our community.”

The Platinum Award is being presented in conjunction with National Donate Life Month, an annual April recognition encouraging organ and tissue donation, and registration in the donor registry across the country.

For more information about organ donation and to sign up to be a donor today, visit Donate Life California.

About Good Samaritan Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital, a 474-bed acute care hospital in the heart of Silicon Valley, has been delivering elite level care with compassion since 1965. Its two locations include the main campus in San Jose, California and the Mission Oaks campus in Los Gatos, California. Good Samaritan Hospital is recognized nationally for quality and safety by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® and with the Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Certification, and for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Certification. Good Samaritan Hospital is a Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, STEMI Receiving Center, accredited Chest Pain Center, certified Afib Center and a five-time recipient of the American College of Surgeons Outstanding Achievement Award in cancer care. For more information visit, Good Samaritan Hospital.

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