Four Ascension Seton medical centers are among a select group of hospitals and transplant centers recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for promoting enrollment in the state’s organ donor registry.
Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, Ascension Seton Medical Center Williamson and University Medical Center Brackenridge received the highest honor possible, the Gold Level Award, for successful efforts in organ donation education and donor registration as part of the national Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.
Seton’s donation awareness and registry campaigns educate hospital staff, patients, visitors and the public on the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donors. The hospitals earned points for each activity implemented between Aug. 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015.
“Organ donation plays an incredibly important role in our work for the community at Ascension Seton. One registered donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation,” Michelle Robertson, president and chief executive officer of the Ascension Seton Family of Hospitals, said. “We are honored to be recognized with the Gold Level Award and will keep working hard to raise awareness throughout Central Texas about organ donation.”
According to the Texas Organ Sharing Alliance, 42 percent of Texans are now registered organ donors. Williamson County has one of the highest registered donor rates in the state with nearly 60 percent of residents registered, while 54 percent of residents are registered in Travis County. To register as an organ, eye and tissue donor, go DonateLifeTexas.org.