This fall, the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland held Workplace Partner for Life programs at two Maryland hospitals to help educate the staff about organ, eye and tissue donation. Week-long donor designation drives were held at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital Center in Baltimore and Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown. During the drives, employees were able to sign-up to become designated donors on the Maryland Donor Registry. Employees that registered during the drives as well as employees who were already registered as donors received a pin stating, “I’m One. Are you?” Additionally, staff was encouraged to have their pictures taken, which were then placed on a bulletin board and displayed throughout the week. An amazing 200 people had their pictures posted between the two hospitals, showing their support of this life-saving cause.
In total, 16 employees at Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital added their names to the Maryland Donor Registry, while nearly 30 said ‘yes’ to organ, eye and tissue donation at Washington County Hospital. The donor designation drives were a culmination of several weeks of education about donation throughout the entire hospitals, reaching well beyond the acute care units.