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PA Hospitals Contribute to Record Number of Organ Donations in 2016

February 03, 2017

Organ transplants performed in the United States in 2016 reached a new record high for the fourth consecutive year, according to preliminary data from United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). UNOS found that hospitals across the nation performed more than 33,600 organ transplants in 2016, 8.5 percent more than in 2015, and nearly a 20 percent more than in 2012.

UNOS, which serves as the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, reported that the growth in transplants was largely driven by an increase in deceased donors from 2015 to 2016, continuing a six-year trend.

Through the 2016 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge—a partnership between HAP, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Center for Organ Recovery & Education, and Gift of Life Donor Program—nearly 100 hospitals and health systems across the state worked to increase organ donation and awareness and designation. The number of hospitals participating in the 2016 program has nearly doubled since 2015.

“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 2017 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge will kick off April 1, during National Donate Life Month. To learn more, contact Mary Marshall, HAP’s Director, Workforce and Professional Services.

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