HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. (December 30, 2022) – HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital earned national recognition for its efforts to increase organ, eye and tissue donor registrations across the state through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The WPFL is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the organ donation to raise awareness around the importance of donation.
The WPFL Hospital Organ Donation Campaign challenges hospitals and health care organizations to “let life bloom” by educating their staff, patients, visitors and communities about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation, including offering opportunities to register as organ donors. HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital earned Platinum recognition for conducting awareness and registry activities between Oct. 2021 and April 2022, even as they continued to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital worked with LifeLink® Foundation, the local organ and tissue recovery program, as well as Donate Life Florida, the state organ and tissue donor registry, to leverage its outreach efforts. During the 2021-2022 campaign cycle, HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital was one of 42 participating hospital partners within the LifeLink® service area and one of 1,333 organizations across the nation to participate in the 2022 campaign that helped to add a collective 50,850 new donors to state registries. This campaign has generated over 630,000 registrations since its inception in 2011 and unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their local organ recovery organizations.
Currently there are 5,200 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in Florida. Everyone, regardless of their age or health, can make their decision to become a registered organ and tissue donor when obtaining a driver’s license. They can also register online at https://www.donatelifeflorida.org/. For more information about the WPFL Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, visit www.organdonor.gov/hospitals.
About HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital
HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital has been serving the Nature Coast since 1984 and is the largest private employer and largest hospital in Hernando County with 350 beds. The facility offers Hernando County’s only heart surgery program. Other key services include the maternity suites, neonatal intensive care, women’s imaging, cancer care, orthopedics and spine services. HCA Florida Oak Hill Hospital’s health care delivery team is comprised of more than 600 physicians, 1,800 caregivers, and more than 100 volunteers. The hospital is a statutory teaching hospital training the next generation of physicians. For more information, visit HCAFloridaHealthcare.com