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HSHS hospitals recognized for efforts in organ and tissue donation

June 06, 2023 

Eau Claire, Wis. – HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire has received the bronze Award of Hope from UW Organ and Tissue Donation for its successful efforts in 2022 to provide high-quality care to patients undergoing organ donation.

“We are committed to supporting patients’ and families’ decisions to give the gift of life through organ donation,” says Anne Pretasky, registered nurse, manager of the critical care unit at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital and member of the hospital’s organ donation committee. “”One organ donor can save up to eight lives, but there are more than 100,000 people in the United States waiting for a lifesaving transplant. It is vital we provide exceptional care to these patients to maximize their gift and their legacy.” 

In 2022 HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital helped families make the selfless decision to donate organs, tissues and eyes, resulting in more than 600 lives improved or saved.

Gifts of tissue, which include bone, skin, heart valves, connective tissue and veins, are used in more than one million surgeries routinely performed each year in the United States.  

Pretasky says it’s important to tell your loved ones if you want to be a potential organ and tissue donor and include that information in your advance directives paperwork. She also recommends community members register online to be a donor through Donate Life Wisconsin, or register at the Department of Motor Vehicles when completing your driver’s license or state ID application.
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 For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit
HSHS hospitals recognized for efforts in organ and tissue donation
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Karen Kraus

Communications Department HSHS Wisconsin