HAP, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Gift of Life Donor Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) today announced the top hospitals and health systems of the 2016 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge.
The challenge encouraged Pennsylvania hospitals to increase the number of organ and tissue donors, as well as raise donation awareness within their hospitals and throughout their communities.
Nearly 100 hospitals and health systems across the state participated in the challenge, which ran from April 1 through August 31, 2016.
“Hospitals and health systems across the state take immense pride in this challenge, knowing they are making a difference in individuals’ and their families’ lives,” said HAP President and CEO Andy Carter. “This competitive initiative generates great interest from our members, and participation continues to grow each year. HAP and partnering organizations in this effort are optimistic that trend will continue into the future.”
The HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge awareness and designation activities were captured on score cards, and participating hospitals competed to achieve platinum, gold, silver, and bronze level recognitions for their efforts.
The collaborating organizations recognize the top hospitals and health systems in each organ procurement organization’s service area of the state. The 2016 Top Performers of the Donate Life Hospital Challenge are:
Gift of Life Donor Program Top Performers (southeastern Pennsylvania):
Top Health Systems:
First Place: University of Pennsylvania Health System
Second Place: WellSpan Health
Third Place: Einstein Healthcare Network
First Place: Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Second Place: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Third Place: WellSpan York Hospital
CORE Top Performers (western Pennsylvania):
Top Health Systems:
First Place: UPMC Health System
Second Place: Allegheny Health Network
Third Place: Conemaugh Health System
First Place: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Second Place: Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Third Place: UPMC Presbyterian
For the full list of hospital designations resulting from the challenge, and more information about the scoring process, visit HAP’s Donate Life Hospital Challenge webpage.
“Because of the expertise and strong partnerships of Gift of Life and its hospital partners, thousands of lives area saved each year,” said Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program. “Every day, I’m proud of our commitment to work together to be excellent stewards of these precious gifts.”
Organ donation is critically important across the U.S. and Pennsylvania. Nationally, more than 122,000 men, women, and children are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. This includes more than 8,500 people just in Pennsylvania. One Pennsylvanian dies every 18 hours waiting for an organ transplant.
“CORE’s mission of saving and enhancing lives through organ, tissue, and cornea donation would not be possible without the support and commitment from the hospitals and health systems in our service area,” said CORE President and CEO Susan Stuart. “We are extremely grateful to Andy Carter, HAP, and DOH for embracing a challenge that builds a culture of donation in our hospital community.”
On behalf of HAP, DOH, CORE, and Gift of Life, congratulations to the hospitals and health systems for receiving this recognition and for providing hope to more than 8,500 Pennsylvanians who currently are awaiting a life-saving transplant.