U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Recognizes Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center for Organ Donor Enrollment Achievement

(Hartford, Conn. November 2, 2015) - Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is among a select group of hospitals and transplant centers nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching gold, silver, or bronze levels of achievement by conducting activities that promoted enrollment in state organ donor registries. The hospitals are part of the national Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Campaign, sponsored by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  

Saint Francis received the gold designation and is currently working toward the newly-added platinum level for 2016. 

Saint Francis’s awareness and registry campaigns educated staff, patients, visitors, and community members on the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors and thereby increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. The hospital earned points for each activity implemented during Phase IV of the campaign, between August 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, and was awarded gold recognition by HRSA. 

Of the 1,658 hospitals and transplant centers enrolled in the campaign, 736 were awarded recognition during this phase of the campaign. These numbers represent a 29 percent increase in enrollment and a 56 percent increase in recognition over Phase III, and, according to HRSA, are “a tribute to the work that so many have dedicated to this effort. Most important, since launching in 2011, the campaign has added more than 350,000 donor enrollments to state registries around the country, far surpassing the original goal of 300,000.” 

“Organ donation is an incredibly generous and priceless gift,” said Dr. John F. Rodis, M.B.A., executive vice president and chief operating officer, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  “One organ and tissue donor can save up to eight lives and enhance up to 50 more. We can make a difference in the lives of thousands of adults and children who are waiting on a transplant list.  We can give them a second chance to walk, run and live life to the fullest.” 

This campaign is a special effort of HRSA’s WPFL designed to mobilize the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of those registered as potential organ, eye, and tissue donors. The campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America state teams, and state hospital associations. Working together, teams leverage communications resources and outreach efforts to proactively promote the critical need for donors. 

Saint Francis worked with LifeChoice Donor Services of Bloomfield, Connecticut on the campaign.  



Here is a portion of the group that facilitates organ donation at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical center. Pictured: (L-R) Dr. David Shapiro, Dr. Frank Rosenberg, Laurie Dauphin, R.N.; Annie Worshoufsky, R.N.; Kathryn Hannon R.N.; Jae Lorenzet, R.N.; Linda Morris, R.N.; Wendy Fitt, Life Choice; Dr. William Marshall. 

About Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center 

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has been an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Saint Francis and its other major entities - Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, Smilow Cancer Hospital Yale-New Haven at Saint Francis, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners – joined Trinity Health in 2015. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital and Home and Community Health Services, is also a Saint Francis Partner.   For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.