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Joint News Release: Record Outcomes for 2018 HAP Donate Life PA Hospital Challenge

September 07, 2018

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 2018 HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge.

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

The challenge was held during the month of April, to coincide with National Donate Life Month. During the challenge, Pennsylvania’s hospitals worked to increase awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors, and encourage new donor registrations.

One-hundred and eleven hospitals and 21 health systems across the state participated in the challenge.

During June, Pennsylvania’s challenge was recognized by Health Resources and Services Administration's Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign for being the nation’s leader in hospital participation.

Participating hospitals’ awareness and designation activities are captured on a scorecard and assigned titanium, platinum, gold, silver, and bronze level recognitions. 

This year, 56 hospitals and ten health systems––nearly half of all participants––achieved the titanium designation, which recognizes the highest levels of clinical and community activities to encourage new donor signups. During 2017, Pennsylvania became the first state to implement titanium designation.

“I am proud to congratulate our member hospitals on their national leadership recognition for organ donation efforts,” said Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO. “Our partnership and coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, CORE, and Gift of Life Donor Program is making a real difference in the lives of patients who receive the ultimate gift, the families that support them, and the donors who give so selflessly.”

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

The 2018 Top Performers of the 2018 HAP Donate Life PA Hospital Challenge are:

CORE Top Performers

Top Health Systems:
First Place: Excela Health
Second Place: Allegheny Health Network
Third Place: UPMC

Top Hospitals:
First Place: Excela Health Westmoreland
Second Place: Excela Health Latrobe
Third Place: UPMC Presbyterian

Gift of Life Top Performers

Top Health Systems:
First Place: Einstein Health Care Network
Second Place: The University of Pennsylvania Health System
Third Place: Jefferson Health

Top Hospitals:
First Place: Temple University Hospital
Second Place: Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Third Place: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

A full list of hospital designations resulting from the challenge, and more information about the scoring process, can be found at HAP’s website.

“Organ donation is an important opportunity to help people who are suffering from serious, and often life-threatening health conditions,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “The 2018 HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge brings awareness and education to organ donation and encourages people to sign up as donors. We are thankful for all those who are organ donors, and the hope they provide to the thousands of Pennsylvanians currently waiting for a life-saving transplant.”

“Once again, the commitment and enthusiasm shown by our hospital partners as part of the 2018 HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge has been extraordinary,” said Susan Stuart, President and CEO of CORE. “Guided by HAP and its leadership, including Andy Carter, their efforts to create a culture of donation within their hospitals have not only further strengthened that critical link between donation and transplantation, but have also offered CORE the opportunities to care for donors and their families, to give hope to those waiting for lifesaving organs and tissues, and ultimately to save and heal the lives of so many.”

“Everyone at Gift of Life Donor Program applauds the tremendous innovation and hard work of HAP and our hospital partners in making the HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge such a force in promoting donation and transplantation,” said Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program. “Our hospital partners hosted hundreds of community events and implemented many new programs to foster a growing culture of donation. It is this strong, shared commitment to best practices, outreach, and education that enables us to save and enhance thousands of lives each year. Thanks to these partnerships, Gift of Life leads the nation in the number of organ donations and transplants.”

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