North Country Hospital recognized for promoting organ, eye, and tissue donation

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NEWPORT — North Country Hospital was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration.

The campaign has added more than 400,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.

North Country Hospital conducted awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors, and community members about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors and, by doing so, increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry.

The hospital earned points for each activity implemented between October 2016 and April 2017 and was awarded bronze recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.

Of the 1,102 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, 218 bronze awards were awarded nationally during this phase of the campaign.

Kim Major, RN and Dawn Food-Dunn, RN, attended the Let Life Bloom regional meeting, and accepted North Country Hospital’s Bronze Recognition award. This award covers the 2017 campaign, for hospital staff and community members to enroll in the Vermont registry as organ, eye and tissue donors.

They are also tasked with continuing the campaign in 2018.

“As an ER Nurse, I have seen firsthand how organ donation can turn loss into hope,” Lindy Perry, RN and Emergency Department Director said. “North Country Hospital is proud to support this important program that provides patients with the gift of life.”

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