Several SC Hospitals Win Awards For Excellence in Organ and Tissue Donation

Sharing Hope SC and SCHA Celebrate Hospitals for Their Efforts to Increase Organ, Eye and Tissue Donations

The South Carolina Excellence in Donation (EID) Program is an effort to renew and build on the relationships between hospitals in the state, the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA), Sharing Hope SC (SHSC) and Donate Life SC to support organ, eye and tissue donation. South Carolina hospitals have the opportunity to win awards in either or both categories of Community Outreach and Clinical Excellence. The awards were recently presented at the 2017 South Carolina Hospital Association/South Carolina Medical Association TAP Conference on Hilton Head Island.  

Four hospitals won Excellence in Donation Community Outreach Awards for helping to educate their staff and public about organ, eye and tissue donation. They also assisted in registering donors in their community. These four hospitals are Hampton Regional Medical Center, MUSC Transplant Center, Palmetto Health Tuomey, and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.  

In addition, two of those hospitals also won honors from HRSA in their Hospital Workplace Partnership For Life (WPFL) Program. Spartanburg Regional Medical Center won platinum and Palmetto Health Tuomey won bronze WPFL awards. 

Sharing Hope SC also presented two hospitals with Clinical Excellence Awards which were based on meeting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) criteria and pre-donor management based on best practices. The award winners for this year are Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Charleston and Conway Medical Center. 

At this year’s awards presentation, Dr. Charles Morrow, CMO and Vice President of Medical Affairs at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, shared some of Spartanburg Regional Medical Center’s best practices for winning both the SHSC Excellence In Donation and HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life awards. One of the key factors Dr. Morrow suggested is finding an internal hospital “champion” of donation.

This marks the second consecutive year that Spartanburg Regional Medical Center has won awards from SHSC and HRSA for their efforts to promote donation. Events coordinated by the hospital were led by Shonna Bible, MSN, RN (Project Manager/Quality Services and SHSC Clinical Support Liaison). She coordinated all activities during 2016-17 that included donor drives, donor education among hospital employees and a memorial tree-planting to honor donors and recipients in the Spartanburg area. Lori Whitlock, RN, BSN (Neuro ICU Critical Care Nurse), whose father was a donor at the age of 33 in 1985, was instrumental in many of the hospital events. Lori says, “My dad’s death was not the end. Instead, it was the beginning for so many others. Someone can now see and others can live without dialysis because of him. Donation is not about death; it’s about life.”

Michelle Logan-Owens, Chief Operating Officer of Palmetto Health Tuomey Hospital, has participated in the Donate Life Rose Parade Float CEO Rose Vial dedication initiative for several years. This program allows CEOs from across the country to dedicate rose vials in honor of donors from their hospitals to be placed on the Donate Life Rose Parade Float.  After hearing about the Excellence in Donation Program, Ms. Logan-Owens wanted her hospital to do even more to increase awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation.  She took the program back to her staff and 2016 was the first year Palmetto Health Tuomey participated in the EID Program. The hospital’s accomplishments included donor drives, outreach to employees via intra-hospital communications and a special community event to celebrate area donors and recipients. Those activities were organized by Betsy Cain, RN, BSN (Director of Surgical Services). Others who were actively involved in planning and implementing events included Traci Quinn (Manager of Marketing and Communications), Chris Moore (Interactive Media Coordinator), Katie Greer (Communications Coordinator) and Les Thompson (Tuomey Foundation). Betsy says, “When I recently read an article stating that 95% of Americans are in favor of being a donor but only 48 % are registered, I was astounded. I realized there was a huge disconnect between liking the idea of being a donor and actually doing something about it. Our goal was to provide education and information so people could follow through on being a potential donor at the end of life, so that someone can have a second chance at life. I can’t think of a more beautiful and greater kindness than giving the gift of life!”

The third year of the EID initiative will be 2017-2018. Steps for winning each award are detailed in the EID booklet that can be obtained from Sharing Hope SC. All South Carolina hospitals will again have the opportunity to win awards in either or both categories of Community Outreach and Clinical Excellence in the SHSC Excellence In Donation Program. Steps for winning each award are detailed in the EID booklet and can be obtained by contacting any of the following for information on EID and/or the HRSA initiative:

Mark Johnson – SHSC Media Relations Coordinator –
Shirley McAdams – SHSC Special Events Coordinator –
Scott White – SHSC Manager of Hospital Development -