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Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Earns National Recognition for Promoting Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Earns National Recognition for Promoting Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

September 1, 2022 ― Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) has earned the Platinum Recognition Award for its efforts to increase organ, eye, and tissue donor registrations across California through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. PVHMC is one of only six hospitals in OneLegacy's Donation Service Areas, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern Counties, to receive the Platinum recognition.

The WPFL 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 spreading the word about the importance of donation. The WPFL Hospital Organ Donation Campaign challenges hospitals and healthcare organizations to “Let Life Bloom” by educating their staff, patients, visitors, and communities about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donation, including offering opportunities to register as organ donors.

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center earned Platinum recognition for conducting awareness and registry activities between October 2021 and April 2022, prompting new donor registrations during that period, and for continuing to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, while navigating those changes and challenges within their hospital and community

“We are honored to receive this award, which recognizes our interdisciplinary team for their commitment to creating a donor-friendly hospital culture and educating our community on organ donation,” said Richard E. Yochum, FACHE, President/CEO of PVHMC. “With more than 20,000 California residents on the transplant waiting list, it is vital that we raise awareness of the lifesaving impact of organ donations.”

The 2022 Hospital Campaign effort has added registrations to state registries, including registrations from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since its inception in 2011, the campaign has generated 630,000 registrations, as well as united donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their local organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America affiliates, and state and regional hospital associations. Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center worked with OneLegacy to leverage its outreach efforts.

Every nine minutes, another person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list, reaffirming the critical and growing need for more registered organ, eye, and tissue donors. For more information about the WPFL Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, visit www.organdonor.gov/hospital. Visit www.donatelifecalifornia.org to sign up as a donor today.