Cookeville Regional earns national recognition for promoting eye, tissue and organ donation

Pictured, r. – Holding the certificate are David Phillips, director of surgical services, and Angela Craig, ICU clinical nurse specialist and sepsis coordinator. The two are Cookeville Regional’s liaisons to Tennessee Donor Services.

Cookeville – Cookeville Regional Medical Center recently earned the highest recognition for its efforts to increase organ, eye and tissue donor registrations across the state through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign.

The WPFL is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the organ donation community with workplaces across the nation in spreading the word about the importance of donation.

“I am very proud of the work that is being done here at Cookeville Regional, educating the staff and the public about the importance of organ donation,” said Paul Korth, Cookeville Regional CEO. “Being an organ donor can save the life of someone in need.”

The WPFL Hospital Organ Donation campaign challenges hospitals and healthcare organizations to “let life bloom” by educating their staff, patients, visitors and communities about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donation, including offering opportunities to register as organ donors. 

Cookeville Regional earned a Platinum recognition for conducting awareness and registration activities between October 2021 and April 2022.

Every nine minutes, another person is added to the national organ transplant waiting list, reaffirming the critical and growing need for more registered organ, eye and tissue donors.

For more information about the WPFL Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, visit

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