St. John Hospitals Celebrate Donate Life Month
TULSA, Okla. (April 10, 2017) — St. John Medical Center (SJMC) and Jane Phillips Medical Center (JPMC) are proud participants in the ongoing hospital campaign for Workplace Partnership for Life, a national initiative of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to promote organ, eye and tissue donation. The campaign was launched in 2011 to enlist support from hospitals and health care associations in this important effort, and has since registered more than 392,000 donors. SJMC joined the campaign in 2015 and earned Gold Recognition for its outstanding level of activity. In 2016, SJMC earned the highest level, Platinum Recognition.
Recently, both St. John and Jane Phillips participated in Donate Life commemorations in celebration of National Donate Life Month and National Organ & Tissue Donation Awareness Month — LifeShare of Oklahoma hosted events at both hospitals.
- SJMC and JPMC both had a Donate Life Flag Ceremony and Balloon Release on April 3. The ceremonies honored the many organ, eye and tissue donors who have helped save lives at each hospital. Six organ and 20 tissue donations were made at Jane Phillips during 2016.
- JPMC had a Donate Life Reception after the flag ceremony April 3 where guest speaker Teresa Hedrick shared her story of hope and participants registered to be organ, eye and tissue donors.
- SJMC had a Donate Life Reception on April 7 to register organ, eye and tissue donors, as well as to recognize and thank SJMC associates for their own efforts toward donor registration. The event featured speakers, an awards ceremony and refreshments.
LifeShare of Oklahoma is a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization that partners with St. John Health System to educate the community on the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation and to provide opportunities for donor registration. Together, we work to add new donor designations to the state registry, contributing to the Workplace Partnership for Life national goal.
Every day, new patients are added to the national organ transplant waiting list, which exceeds 120,000 people whose lives depend on an organ transplant. More than 100 die every week because not enough organs are available. Thousands of others are waiting for the gift of an eye or tissue donation. To learn more or to register online, please visit www.lifeshareoklahoma.org.
About St. John Health System
Ascension’s St. John Health System operates seven hospitals and more than 90 healthcare clinics and facilities in eastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. St. John Health System employs approximately 8,000 associates. Across the region, St. John Health System provided more than $68 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Oklahoma for more than 90 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia.