Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center Recognized Nationally For Promoting Organ, Eye, And Tissue Donation

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center 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 (HRSA). The campaign has added more than 443,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.

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Anthony J. Passannante Jr., M.D., FACC, President of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center, accepts the Platinum Award from Kelly Bonventre, Hospital Services Manager of the NJ Sharing Network, in recognition of Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center's outstanding efforts in promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries.

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center 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 2017 and April 2018 and was awarded Platinum Recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign. Of the 1,283 hospitals and transplant centers participating in the campaign, only 468 platinum awards were awarded during this phase of the campaign.

"Our hospital partners are vital to our life-saving mission," said Joe Roth, president and CEO of NJ Sharing Network. "With nearly 4,000 people in New Jersey in need of a transplant and 115,000 across the country, the work that hospital partners like Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center do to raise awareness of organ and tissue donation is critical in helping more patients receive transplants."

This campaign is a special effort of HRSA's Workplace Partnership for Life to mobilize the nation's hospitals to increase the number of people in the country who are registered organ, eye, and tissue donors and ultimately, the number of organs available for transplant. The campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their local organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America affiliates, and state and regional hospital associations. Working together, the teams leverage their communications resources and outreach efforts to most effectively spread word of the critical need for donors.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is located at 7600 River Road in North Bergen, NJ, and it serves a population of 450,000 in Hudson and southern Bergen counties. The not-for-profit medical center is a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health System, and it features a 206-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center. Palisades Medical Center is ranked as one of the top hospitals of its size in New Jersey by Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Palisades Medical Center is the largest employer in its service area with more than 1,300 employees. It has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit palisadesmedical.org.