Hospitals throughout Louisiana, in collaboration with the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) and the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA), achieved the Donate Life Louisiana (DLL) Hospital Campaign’s third and final benchmark to help increase the DLL Registry by 250,000 individuals. In August 2009, the hospital campaign reached its initial goal of a 10 percent increase, or 160,000 new registrants. The second goal, increasing the registry by an additional 40,000 individuals, was met in February of this year. Over 65 hospitals are currently participating in the DLL Hospital Campaign.
On August 11, Bill Holman, FACHE, immediate past chair of the LHA Board of Trustees and president and CEO of the Baton Rouge General Medical Center, was recognized by Workplace Partnerships for Life Division of Transplantation, Healthcare Systems Bureau for his dedication to the DLL Hospital Campaign and for helping to create a donation-friendly America.
“Our hospitals and LOPA have come together and made a real difference in our state. I am proud of what we have accomplished by working collaboratively to promote the Donate Life Louisiana Registry and to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation in communities through Louisiana,” said John Matessino, LHA president and CEO. “I also want to thank Bill Holman for his leadership, vision and dedication to this initiative. Many lives will be saved because of this effort.” Also under Bill’s guidance, we have set a new challenge to increase the conversion rate for Louisiana from 66 percent to 75 percent by the end of 2011. The conversion rate measures a hospital’s ability to maximize organ donor potential.
Over 1.8 million Louisiana residents have registered as organ donors. By joining the DLL Registry, an individual gives legal consent for the use of their organs, tissues and eyes for the purposes of transplantation and research at the time of their death. To sign up on the DLL Registry, visit www.DonateLifeLa.org.
For more information on the Donate Life Louisiana Hospital Campaign, contact Kirsten Heintz, LOPA Director of Development, firstname.lastname@example.org or 504-837-3355, ext. 283 or Michelle Clement, LHA Director of Communications and Public Relations, email@example.com or 225-928-0026.