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PA Hospitals Raise Awareness for Organ, Tissue Donation during Donate Life Blue and Green Day

April 13, 2018

Fulton County Medical Center celebrates the Donate Life Hospital Challenge with a flag-raising ceremony and a cake (pictured).

Today, hospitals across the country are joining in the celebration of National Donate Life Blue and Green Day, in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donations.

Donors, recipients and their families, and members of the community are encouraged to wear blue and green and engage in special activities to educate the public about the importance of organ donation.

More than 8,000 Pennsylvanians are on the transplant waiting list, and every 18 hours, a Pennsylvanian dies waiting for a transplant. Donations of eyes, hearts, intestines, livers, lungs, kidneys, pancreases, tissues, and skin all can help provide patients—and their families—with second chances at life. Signing up to be a donor typically takes less than 90 seconds and is free of charge. Despite this, only 46 percent of eligible Pennsylvanians have registered as donors.

HAP and Pennsylvania hospital community recognize the importance of increasing awareness about the need for organ and tissue donation beyond Blue and Green Day and Donate Life Month. Throughout the month of April, more than 100 Pennsylvania hospitals are celebrating Donate Life Month with the annual Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

HAP is proud to partner with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the state’s two organ procurement organizations—the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) and the Gift of Life Donor Program—to facilitate the challenge. This effort offers the hospital community a friendly competition aimed at increasing organ and tissue awareness and driving donor designations.

Throughout April, hospitals are driving donor designations and increasing awareness through:

  • Flag raising ceremonies to honor donor families
  • Community donor sign-up events
  • Walk for Life events
  • In-service educational events for hospital staff
  • Social media campaigns
  • Billboards and poster presentations
  • Educational events with donor recipients

Winners of the 2018 Donate Life Hospital Challenge will be announced during September 2018.

For more information about the Donate Life Hospital Challenge, contact Mary Marshall, HAP’s director, workforce and professional development.

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