October 21, 2016
Largo, FL – This week, the Transplant Institute of Florida at Largo Medical Center and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Degina were recognized by Donate Life and Lifelink of Florida with the Platinum Award, the highest award possible, for the hospital’s achievements and participation in the National Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.
“This national initiative promotes organ and tissue donation education and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),” said Trent Brendel, LifeLink of Florida, Hospital Liaison.
Largo Medical Center conducted donation awareness and registry campaigns to raise awareness and educate staff, patients, visitors, and community members about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors. By doing so, LMC increased the number of potential donors on the Donate Life Florida state organ and tissue donor registry.
“Raising awareness about organ donation and as well other health issues is a big part of what we do to keep those in our community and beyond informed about conditions they, their friends or family members may have,” said Anthony Degina, Largo Medical Center CEO.
This year local hospitals provided education to thousands and helped the Donate Life Florida organ and tissue donor registry hit a milestone of 9 million registrants, making it the second largest donor registry in the United States. (California is the largest.) Since the inception of this national hospital campaign in 2001 more than 400,000 people have registered their donation decision on state organ and tissue donor registries.
Donate Life continues to educate the public on the opportunity to join Florida’s organ, tissue and eye donor registry by signing up on line. Check out DonateLife.org/register.
To learn more about this award, call Tammy Robiconti, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Largo Medical Center at (727) 348-1896.