Eau Claire, Wis. – HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital has been presented with the bronze Award of Hope for its 2021 organ donation efforts. The award from UW Organ and Tissue Donation was presented to hospital staff May 18 during a small ceremony. It recognizes a hospital’s commitment to offering hope through donation and maximizing the life-saving gift of organ and tissue transplantation.

Anne Pretasky, lead member of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital’s organ donation committee and manager of the critical care unit says this honor symbolizes the entire hospital’s passion for donation. “We are so humbled to receive the Award of Hope and even more humbled to work with families who see the value in selflessly donating their loves one’s organs to someone in desperate need.”

Currently more than 110,000 people across the United States are waiting for a lifesaving organ, tissue or eye donation; more than 2,000 of those people are men, women and children in Wisconsin, according to Donate Life Wisconsin.

UW Organ and Tissue Donation executive director, Michael Anderson says it’s important for hospitals to keep the donation conversation going. “It is a pleasure to collaborate with the outstanding staff at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital who provide the opportunity to include donation as part of its compassionate end-of-life care,” he says. “Those who are waiting for a transplant will be given a second chance at life because of health care donation teams and generous donors.”

You can register to become an organ, tissue and eye donor at the Department of Motor Vehicles, by mail or online at: DonateLifeWisconsin.org 

For answers to common questions regarding donation, visit: www.donatelifewisconsin.org/answers



About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states - Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries,  and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

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