Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Nationally Recognized for Promoting Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

November 15, 2017

Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals were among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries. These efforts were part of a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that added more than 400,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide.

“Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals are proud to participate in this national campaign to promote organ, eye and tissue donation,” said Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, president of the hospital services division and network chief operating officer. “Organ, eye and tissue donations save lives across New Jersey and the nation each and every day. As health care providers, it is critical that we increase awareness in our communities about the importance of registering to become a donor. We look forward to building upon this successful campaign by partnering with organizations like the NJ Sharing Network to educate community members and increase the number of donors.”

Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals conducted awareness and registry campaigns in the last year to educate team members, patients, visitors, and community members about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donors, resulting in an increase in the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. Each hospital earned points for all activities implemented between October 2016 and April 2017.

In total, eight Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals were awarded platinum recognition through the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, which is an accumulation of more than 1,000 points: Bayshore Medical Center, Mountainside Medical Center, Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center Perth Amboy and Riverview Medical Center. Southern Ocean Medical Center was awarded the gold recognition which is an accumulation of more than 750 points. In addition, two Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals were awarded silver recognition, which is an accumulation of over 350 points: Pascack Valley Medical Center and Palisades Medical Center.

This campaign is a special effort of HRSA’s Workplace Partnership for Life to mobilize the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of people in the country who are registered organ, eye, and tissue donors and, ultimately, the number of organs available for transplant. The campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from their local organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America affiliates, and state and regional hospital associations. Working together, the teams leverage their communications resources and outreach efforts to most effectively spread awareness of the critical need for donors.

See the full list of recognized hospitals here.


Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 140 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report and three other hospitals ranked among the top 10 in New Jersey, more than any other network in the state. The network also consistently achieves Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, is a recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.