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Westerly Hospital recognized for promoting life-saving organ, eye and tissue donations

WESTERLY, RI (September 11, 2018) – Westerly Hospital was recently recognized for its work in promoting enrollment in state organ and tissue donor registries.

Through the Workplace Partnership for Life campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, Westerly Hospital was among 244 hospitals nationwide to receive bronze recognition status.

The hospital’s efforts to increase organ donations included an information table in the main lobby staffed by Anna Pelchat, LICSW, from the hospital’s case management department during April’s Donate Life month and an organ donor and tissue drive held on-site.

Mabel Payne, RN, who has served as Westerly Hospital’s organ donation advocate for many years and coordinated this year’s efforts, notes, “We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to help expand the number of willing organ donors and increase the gift of life to more patients in our community.”


Westerly Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, is a 125-bed hospital that has been providing residents of southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in a community hospital setting for more than 90 years. Westerly Hospital patients receive the finest quality treatment in the following areas of care: emergency, medical, surgical, radiology, laboratory and rehabilitative services. The hospital also offers heart and vascular care, interventional pain management, wound care, pulmonary rehabilitation services, inpatient geriatric psychiatric care and comprehensive cancer care provided through the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center. All inpatient rooms are private.