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Joint News Release: HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge Top Performers, Designations Announced

November 01, 2017

HAP, CORE, Gift of Life, DOH celebrate new titanium-level designation

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (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 2017 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

The Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge encourages Pennsylvania hospitals to increase organ donation awareness and designations within their hospital and community.

Hospitals are acknowledged for their efforts—the awareness and designation activities are captured on a scorecard for participating hospitals to achieve platinum, gold, silver, and bronze level recognitions.

A new designation level—titanium—was added to this year’s challenge. Pennsylvania is the first and only state to offer this designation. In order to reach the titanium level, hospitals engaged in unprecedented levels of clinical and community activities, aimed at encouraging new donor signups.

Each organ procurement organization region had five hospitals that reached the titanium level. 

CORE Titanium Hospitals (western half of Pennsylvania):

  • Allegheny General Hospital
  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Conemaugh Memorial Medical Hospital
  • UPMC Hamot
  • UPMC Presbyterian

Gift of Life Titanium Hospitals (eastern half of Pennsylvania):

  • Geisinger Medical Center
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Reading Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Hospital – Bethlehem
  • Temple University Hospital

Nearly 100 hospitals and health systems across the state participated in the challenge, which ran from April 1 through August 31, 2017.

“This was a remarkable year for hospital participation in the Donate Life Hospital Challenge,” said Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO. “Pennsylvania’s hospital community knows that these donations help save lives and heal families. We commend participating hospitals for all they do to encourage Pennsylvanians to become organ donors, and thank the Department of Health, CORE, and Gift of Life for their ongoing partnership with this project.”

The collaborating organizations recognize the top hospitals and health systems in each organ procurement organization’s service area of the state.

The 2017 Top Performers of the Donate Life Hospital Challenge are:

CORE Top Performers

Top Health Systems:

  • First Place: UPMC Health System
  • Second Place: Conemaugh Health System
  • Third Place: Allegheny Health Network

Top Hospitals:

  • First Place: UPMC Presbyterian
  • Second Place: Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
  • Third Place: Allegheny General Hospital

Gift of Life Top Performers

Top Health Systems:

  • First Place: Geisinger Health System
  • Second Place: PENN Medicine
  • Third Place: Einstein Health

Top Hospitals:

  • First Place: Geisinger Medical Center
  • Second Place: Temple University Hospital
  • Third Place: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

For the full list of hospital designations resulting from the challenge, and more information about the scoring process, visit HAP’s website.

“Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge’s friendly competition provides hope to the nearly 8,000 state residents currently waiting for a life-saving transplant,” said Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine. “On average, 400 Pennsylvanians a year will die waiting for an organ donation. By educating people on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation, we can drastically reduce that number and get people the critical transplants they so desperately need.”

“It is an honor to recognize the extraordinary hospitals who took part in the 2017 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge. It’s because of an ongoing commitment by these hospitals and health systems in our service region that CORE’s mission to save and enhance lives is possible,” said CORE President and CEO Susan Stuart. “Also, it must be remembered that a challenge such as this only exists because of Andy Carter, HAP, and DOH, who are dedicated to creating a culture of donation within our hospital communities.”

“Congratulations to all of the hospitals that participated in this year’s Donate Life Challenge,” said Gift of Life Donor Program President and CEO Howard M. Nathan. “Our hospital partners play an essential role in providing the opportunity for organ and tissue donation that enables the gift of life. Thanks to their tremendous dedication, Pennsylvania continues to lead the nation in donation and transplantation”. 

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 the Pennsylvanians who currently are awaiting a life-saving transplant.

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