Statement of The Hospital & Healthsystem
Association of Pennsylvania
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Family Law
Director, State Legislation
The Hospital & Healthsystem Association
of Pennsylvania (HAP)
May 13, 2014
Cutler, Chairman White, and Members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on
Family Law, on behalf of the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of
Pennsylvania (HAP), thank you for the opportunity to share why the Pennsylvania
hospital community supports House Bill 30.
HAP represents and advocates for the nearly 240 acute and specialty care
hospitals and health systems across the commonwealth and the patients they
serve. This includes educating communities throughout the state about the
thousands of Pennsylvanians who are in desperate need of a life-saving organ
In 2011, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) asked HAP to
join them in helping the nearly 9,000 Pennsylvanians who wait each year for the
organ transplants they need––either to give them a second chance at life or to greatly
improve the tremendous ailments they face. HAP recognized the arduous
challenges confronting these Pennsylvania families, and was quick to
participate in this effort.
Shortly thereafter, in 2012, the American Hospital
Association (AHA) challenged its state hospital association members to become
part of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Workplace Partnership for Life Campaign––HAP
responded to the AHA’s call.
Since 2012, HAP has encouraged our members to make organ, eye, and
tissue donation awareness a priority. HAP has partnered with the Pennsylvania
Department of Health and Pennsylvania’s two organ procurement organizations,
CORE and Gift of Life in this effort. This work resulted in the Donate Life
Hospital Campaign which educates communities about organ, eye, and tissue
donation. More than 40 hospitals and health systems have joined the annual HAP
The campaign kicks off during February with National Donor Day, and
ends with National Donate Life month each April. As a result of the 2013 HAP
campaign, Pennsylvania registered nearly 1,000 new individuals as organ
donors. HAP will have data from its 2014
campaign later this summer.
The results of the HAP campaigns have caused HRSA to recognize
Pennsylvania’s hospital community for the work it’s done, and they have asked HAP
to serve on a national advisory council to encourage other states in their
efforts. The Pennsylvania campaign serves as a model for the country and has
encouraged additional states to sign on to the HRSA campaign.
The hospital community’s commitment to these individuals waiting for an
organ transplant is vital in making sure
that these patients receive the life-saving care they need. With proper
education on the ease of registration and the benefits of organ donation,
thousands are given a new chance at life.
HAP supports House Bill 30 because it builds upon the important work
Pennsylvania is already doing to promote awareness about organ donation, and it
would make the commonwealth a standard bearer in this area of health care. It will
solidify current best practices in the state and fortify the effective working relationships
already in place between health care providers and the organ procurement
Even under the best circumstances, families often arrive at a hospital during
very vulnerable moments. House Bill 30 provides the framework necessary to help
ease difficult life-changing health care decisions often made under extreme
stress. And, the legislation does not interfere with the authority or ability
of hospitals to make critical health care decisions about the care a patient
Making the decision to donate a loved one’s organs is not easy––in fact,
it may be one of life’s most grueling. House Bill 30 will help ensure that the
process and procedures that go with this decision do not add unnecessary burden
to the Pennsylvania families in this difficult position.
In conclusion, HAP strongly believes that increasing education and
awareness will result in more organ donors. As such, HAP will continue to
provide support for the training of health care providers and provide accurate
information about the donation process to the communities of the
commonwealth––doing so will result in more donors being added to the list.
Thank you again for the opportunity to discuss why Pennsylvania hospitals support
of House Bill 30.