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Department of Health and Human Services Honors Nineteen Area Hospitals

In 2012, Gift of Life is pleased to acknowledge 19 hospitals in this region that are being honored by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) with a Medal of Honor in donation excellence. DHHS annually awards these Medals of Honor to hospitals around the nation, recognizing those healthcare professionals who make a commitment to donation

Department of Health and Human Services Honors Nineteen Area Hospitals

Medal of Honor Awarded for Outstanding Organ Donation Rates

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Each year, hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country help save lives by coordinating organ and tissue transplants with regional organ procurement organizations (OPOs.) Gift of Life Donor Program—the region’s organ procurement organization serving eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware—is grateful for these healthcare professionals who are committed to honoring the decision of those donors and families who give others a second chance.

In 2012, Gift of Life is pleased to acknowledge 19 hospitals in this region that are being honored by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) with a Medal of Honor in donation excellence. DHHS annually awards these Medals of Honor to hospitals around the nation, recognizing those healthcare professionals who make a commitment to donation. Gift of Life Donor Program celebrates the outstanding work of these 19 hospitals, which are being commended at the Seventh National Learning Congress in Grapevine, Texas, from October 4-5, 2012.

DHHS will be awarding three medals to highlight different levels of achievement that the hospitals obtained over the course of a 12-month period. The three medals – gold, silver, and bronze – each represent varying levels of success in three categories of performance: achieving a donation conversion rate of 75 percent; increasing the number of organs donated per individual donor to 3.75 or higher; and expanding clinical processes for recovering organs through donations after cardiac death (DCD).

The following hospitals received the Silver Medal of Honor, for achieving both the 75-percent conversion rate and the expanded clinical process: Abington Memorial Hospital, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Area Health Torresdale, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Geisinge Medical Center, Holy Spirit Hospital, Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, Lancaster General Hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Paoli Memorial Hospital, Pincacle Health Harrisburg, the Reading Hospital and Medical Center, St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem Campus, and York Hospital.

Bronze medal recipient achieved the 75 percent conversion rate, and included: Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and Wilkes Barre General Hospital.

These efforts to save lives through donation and transplantation are part of the National Breakthrough Collaborative, established in 2003 in an effort to maximize every organ donation opportunity. The commitment of the healthcare professionals and their leadership made it possible for 3,088 more transplanted organs from deceased donors in 2008, when compared to 2003, according to DHHS. This is a credit to the diligence exemplified by the participating hospital partners, and represents unprecedented growth.

This excellence is encouraging, but need for more registered organ and tissue donors is more critical than ever. Currently, there are more than 6,500 men, women and children in this region awaiting the gift of a life-saving organ transplant, joining the 114,000 people nationwide. The continued collaborative relationship between Gift of Life and area hospitals is essential to helping save lives and increasing opportunities for donation, thereby offering hope to those waiting.

About Gift of Life Donor Program: For more than 37 years, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 32,000 organ transplants, along with more than 300,000 tissue transplants. Gift of Life encourages those who want to make the commitment to donate to register online at ww.donors1.org. For more information on organ and tissue donation, please call Gift of Life at 1-800-DONORS-1 (1-800-366-6771) or visit at www.donors1.org.

Contact: Erica Vanstone

(215) 557-8090, ext. 1133

evanstone@donors1.org

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