Manatee Memorial Hospital has earned platinum level recognition for its work and dedication in support of organ, eye and tissue donation and public health, even while serving on the front lines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, Manatee Memorial Hospital patients saved 30 lives through donation despite the many challenges during the year.
The Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) program is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the organ donation community with workplaces across the nation in educating on the importance of donation and increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registrations. Manatee Memorial Hospital received the platinum level recognition for the last five years and the silver award in 2014.
Between October 2019 and April 2020, Manatee Memorial Hospital participated in HRSA’s WPFL Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The program challenged hospitals and healthcare organizations to partner with their local organ procurement organization. Manatee Memorial Hospital chose to partner with LifeLink of Florida. LifeLink of Florida "lets life bloom" by educating hospital staff, patients, visitors and surrounding communities about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation and by offering the opportunity to register as a donor.
Manatee Memorial Hospital was one of 1,700 organizations that participated in the 2020 campaign that helped to add 59,662 new donors to state registries across the country. The campaign has generated 552,026 registrations since its inception in 2011 and unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their local organ procurement organizations, such as LifeLink of Florida, Donate Life America affiliates and state and regional hospital associations.
Across the county over 107,000 individuals are waiting for a life-saving transplant and over 5,000 of those people live in the state of Florida. Unfortunately, every day in the United States, 22 people pass away because an organ was not available in time. For the thousands of Floridians listed a transplant provides a second chance and hope for a longer life. Registering to become a donor is easy and only takes a few minutes. LifeLink inspires the public to register and share their donation decision at www.DonateLifeFlorida.org or when obtaining or renewing a driver license.