University Hospital recognized for promoting organ and tissue donation

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University Hospital in Newark was recently recognized with a nationwide award for raising organ and tissue donation awareness in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This award reflects the numerous activities that University Hospital has undertaken throughout the year to promote organ and tissue donation.

The hospital was awarded with the highest recognition, a Platinum Award, through the HRSA
Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign. This honor was awarded to University
Hospital for its ongoing awareness and registry campaigns to educate staff, patients, visitors, and
community members about the critical need for organ and tissue donors, which have increased
the number of potential donors in the Greater Newark and New Jersey community.

University Hospital partnered with the NJ Sharing Network on the campaign. NJ Sharing
Network is the organization in New Jersey responsible for saving lives through organ and tissue
donation.

“This award recognizes University Hospital’s dedication to the mission of the NJ Sharing
Network,” said Dr. Shereef Elnahal, President and CEO of University Hospital. “With so
many New Jersey residents waiting for an organ donation, we must raise awareness of this
critically important issue. The holiday season is a good time to remember that being an organ
donor can lead to a gift that saves a life.”

University Hospital is home to The Center for Advanced Liver Diseases and Transplantation,
which has also celebrated a successful year. The year began with Jim Rhatican celebrating the
ten year anniversary of his successful liver transplant at University Hospital, by representing
New Jersey on the annual New Year’s Rose Parade “Donate Life” float in California.

In August, the Center announced the successful completion of its 1,500th transplant. The Center also
recently announced that it had completed the first transplant of a machine-preserved liver in New
Jersey, pioneering new technologies for organ preservation.

“Our hospital partners are vital to our life-saving mission,” said Joe Roth, president and CEO
of NJ Sharing Network. “With nearly 5,000 people in New Jersey in need of a transplant and
122,000 across the country, the work that our hospital partners do to raise awareness of organ
and tissue donation ultimately leads to more patients receiving those transplants.”

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