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Baystate Franklin Medical Center recognized for organ and tissue donor enrollment achievement

February 10, 2016
Kayte Bak and organ donor award

Baystate Franklin 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).

Baystate Franklin Medical Center’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 earned Gold recognition by the HRSA.

Of the 1,658 hospitals and transplant centers enrolled in the campaign, 736 were awarded recognition during this phase of the campaign. 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.

“Working with Wendy Fitt and her colleagues from Life Choice has been a truly wonderful experience,” said Kayte Bak, MSN, RN, BC, Nursing Practice and Professional Development, BFMC. “Together we were able to reach many goals last year related to highlighting the lives that have been changed due to organ and tissue donation.”

Bak explained, “We provided education to almost all of our RN’s last spring. We also hosted a an Organ and Tissue Donation flag raising ceremony and luncheon, during which we honored a BFMC volunteer who had undergone a bilateral lung transplant.”

She continued, “The staff at Baystate Franklin continue to make a difference every day in the lives of donors and their families; most importantly, they contribute to the enhancement of life for many people who need organs and tissues the most. On behalf of BFMC staff, I am honored to have received the HRSA Gold Award and look forward to future opportunities to become part of such a necessary and rewarding imitative.”

For more information about Baystate Franklin’s participation in the Organ Donor campaign, contact Bak. 413-773-2627 or email katharine.bak@baystatehealth.org.