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The University of Toledo Medical Center is recognized by the national Health Resources and Services Administration as a platinum-level partner for its efforts to promote organ, eye and tissue donation as part of the national Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.

organ donation-platinum“The goal of the initiative is to educate the public about organ and tissue donation and increase the number of registered donors and ultimately save more lives,” said Kristin Calkins, UTMC trauma services director. “We work to educate our staff members, students and members of the community about the importance of organ donation and encourage them to notify their family of their wishes.”

Participating hospitals are evaluated annually based upon the number and type of donation education events and activities. More than 1,000 hospitals nationwide participated in the initiative, registering nearly 44,000 donors.

“We partnered with Life Connection of Ohio and Community Tissue Services to hold a number of educational events on campus this year,” said Valerie Augustyniak, UT communications student and campaign manager. “It’s exciting to see the continued success of the program and to know we are helping to make a difference for individuals waiting for a transplant.”

This is the fourth year UTMC has participated in the campaign. The hospital earned gold-level status in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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