April is National Donate Life Month; PA Hospitals Encourage Organ Donation Awareness and Designations
April 01, 2019
April has been designated as National Donate Life Month in an effort to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are more than 113,000 individuals on the national transplant waiting list and another person is added to the list every 10 minutes. Ninety-five percent of U.S. adults support organ donation, but only 58 percent are actually signed up as donors. Pennsylvania hospitals are working to change that through participation in the 2019 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge.
The 2019 challenge officially began on January 1 and runs through April 30, 2019. The challenge encourages Pennsylvania hospitals to increase the number of organ and tissue donors, as well as raise donation awareness within their hospitals and throughout their communities.
HAP has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) and Gift of Life Donor Program (Gift of Life)—the two organ procurement organizations serving Pennsylvania—to support the hospital challenge.
HAP, CORE, and Gift of Life will publicly acknowledge participating hospital efforts, sharing their awareness activities and designations at the end of the challenge.
HAP applauds its members’ commitment to increase organ donation awareness and designations within their hospital and community.
For more information about Pennsylvania hospitals’ efforts to support organ donation, contact Mary Marshall, HAP’s director, workforce and professional services.