(November 12, 2020 Jackson, Miss.) Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) hospitals in Louisiana and Mississippi earned platinum recognition for their efforts to increase organ, eye and tissue donor registrations and awareness of the need across both states. This award was presented by the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) and Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) as part of the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) – a national initiative uniting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the organ donation community with workplaces throughout the nation to spread the word about the importance of donation.
“Increasing awareness of organ donation has an incredible impact on patients and their families,” said Steven Gremillion, MD, Chief Medical Officer of FMOLHS. “In each of our communities, thousands of people are in need of organ, eye and tissue transplants. By raising awareness for the need, we are increasing recipient matches and highlighting the selfless actions of these silent heroes.”
Louisiana hospitals Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital in Bogalusa, Our Lady of the Lake Ascension in Gonzales, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, and St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, and in Mississippi, St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson, were each recognized.
“Our mission calls us to perform service in the name of Jesus Christ,” said Wendy Barrilleaux, St. Dominic’s Neuroscience Service Line Administrator and member of the Organ, Eye and Tissue Donor Collaborative. “It means giving of our time, talent and resources. No gift is greater than the gift of life, and St. Dominic’s is honored to be recognized for our efforts to support organ donation.”
The program challenges hospitals and healthcare organizations to educate their staff, patients, visitors and communities about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation and by offering them opportunities to register as donors.
This year’s campaign broke participation records with 1,700 hospitals helping to add 59,000 donor registrations between October 2019 and May 2020. In the nine years of the campaign, partners have added more than 552,000 donor registrations—increasing the number of organs available for transplantation to improve the lives of others.
More than 112,000 people are waiting for the gift of life saving organs and many, many more for the gift of transplantable tissue for life healing procedures. Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the organ transplant list, reaffirming the critical and growing need for registered organ, eye and tissue donors. For more information about the hospital campaign, visit organdonor.gov/hospitals. To sign up as a donor, go to msora.org.
About the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System
The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is one of the largest healthcare systems based in Louisiana and is the leading healthcare provider for more than half the state’s population. The health system is a non-profit, Catholic organization sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the ministry serves patients in Louisiana and Mississippi through a network of hospitals, clinics, physicians, post-acute services and integrated systems. The system’s eight hospitals include St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge and Gonzales, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center and Women’s & Children’s in Lafayette, Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa and St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. For more information, visit www.fmolhs.org.