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Pennsylvania Hospitals Answer the Call to Support Organ Donation

September 14, 2018

According to a recent Associated Press report, individuals who receive a kidney or part of a liver from a living donor not only cut years off their wait for a transplant, but those organs also tend to survive longer. Yet, living donors make up a fraction of transplants, and their numbers have plateaued amid barriers that can block otherwise-willing people from giving. Researchers are exploring ways to lift those barriers and ease the nation’s organ shortage.

HAP and the Pennsylvania hospital community recognize the importance of spreading awareness about the need for organ and tissue donation.

In collaboration 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—HAP sponsors a yearly hospital challenge aimed at increasing organ donation awareness and designations within their hospital and community.

The 2018 HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge took place during the month of April, to coincide with National Donate Life Month. During the challenge, hospitals worked to increase awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors, and encouraged new donor registrations.

The 2018 hospital challenge saw record outcomes of hospital participation—111 hospitals and 21 health systems across the state participated in the challenge.

HAP also supports national efforts to promote organ donation. HAP joined the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Workplace Partnership for Life campaign. Created during 2001, the Workplace Partnership for Life has grown to include a network of partner organizations at both the national and local levels to foster efforts to increase donation.

The Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation campaign recognized more than 1,200 hospitals and transplant centers across the nation for their efforts to promote organ donation awareness and registration between October 2017 and April 2018. In Pennsylvania, 105 hospitals—the largest number of participating hospitals for an individual state in the nation—were among those recognized.

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

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