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Mercy Tiffin Hospital Named Gold Partner For Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Advocacy


6/11/2014 12:00:00 AM  --Mercy
Tiffin, OH – There are more than 3,400 Ohioans waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies waiting. Today, Mercy Tiffin Hospital was recognized by Donate Life Ohio, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ohio Department of Health’s Second Chance Trust Fund for taking action to reduce that number during 2014. The hospital was named a Gold Partner in the Small Hospital category of the 2013-2014 Hospital Champions program, aimed at increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registration. Mercy Tiffin and 46 other Ohio hospitals were recognized during the 2014 OHA Annual Meeting.
 
“Currently, more than 122,000 people nationwide – more than 3,400 of them from Ohio – await a lifesaving organ transplant,” said Lance Himes, Interim Director, Ohio Department of Health. “By registering new donors and sharing this lifesaving message through the Hospital Champions program, Mercy Tiffin is saving lives and helping to reduce the time critically ill patients must wait for a second chance at life.”
 
Mercy Tiffin raises awareness of organ, eye and tissue donation by distributing Donate Life materials in the hospital and giving out information during health promotion events and blood drives. During the month of April, Mercy Tiffin promoted Donate Life month on Facebook, raised the Donate Life Ohio flag and hosted the “Green Chair” and Donor Quilt in the front lobby.
 
“We are pleased to be a Gold Partner for organ, eye and tissue donation advocacy,” said Lynn Detterman, president & CEO, Mercy Rural Division. “One person who says yes to donating life could save the lives of eight people through organ donation, and enhance the lives of 50 more through tissue donation.”
 
“We are so proud of our hospital champions for committing to promote this important initiative to our communities,” said Mike Abrams, OHA President and CEO. “We saw tremendous engagement from all our hospital partners who went above and beyond to support this cause.”
 


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