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Gift of Life and Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Honor Hospitals for Outstanding Organ Donation

Gift of Life Donor Program and the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), honored Abington - Jefferson Health and Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience with the 2017 Gift of Life Award.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Gift of Life Donor Program – the organ procurement organization for the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware – and the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), honored Abington - Jefferson Health and Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience with the 2017 Gift of Life Award on November 3. This prestigious, annual award is given to hospitals with superior performance in organ donation that have either achieved a 75% organ donation conversion rate during the past year, or that have dramatically improved their performance compared to the previous year. The recipients were honored at the HAP Southeast Connect meeting, which was held at the Leows Hotel Philadelphia.

Gift of Life also recognized 22 Pennsylvania hospitals that achieved a 100% patient referral rate. The hospitals are: Abington Hospital –Jefferson Health, Aria-Jefferson Health Frankford, Aria-Jefferson Health Torresdale, Brandywine Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Crozer Chester Medical Center, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Jeanes Hospital, Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, Lankenau Hospital, Lower Bucks Hospital, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Nazareth Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Pennsylvania Hospital, Temple University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and St. Mary Medical Center.

Image of 2017 Gift of Life Award Recipients from Abington – Jefferson Health, pictured with Gift of Life Donor Program Representatives at the HAP Southeast Connect event Nov. 3 in Philadelphia. (L-R) Tameka Childs-Wolfe, Hospital Services Coordinator, Gift of Life Donor Program; Howard M. Nathan, President & CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program; Margaret McGoldrick, President, Abington – Jefferson Health; Heidi Seiberlich, MSN, RN, CCRN, nurse manager, Cardiac Surgery Unit, Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health; Todd Groeber, RN, associate nurse director, Critical Care Services, Abington-Jefferson Health; Eileen Jameson, senior VP, Operations, Abington - Jefferson Health; Terry Reilly, RN,MSN, senior VP, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, Abington - Jefferson Health; and Gwen O’Shaughnessy, Director, Hospital Services, Gift of Life Donor Program.2017 Gift of Life Award Recipients from Abington – Jefferson Health, pictured with Gift of Life Donor Program Representatives at the HAP Southeast Connect event Nov. 3 in Philadelphia. (L-R) Tameka Childs-Wolfe, Hospital Services Coordinator, Gift of Life Donor Program; Howard M. Nathan, President & CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program; Margaret McGoldrick, President, Abington – Jefferson Health; Heidi Seiberlich, MSN, RN, CCRN, nurse manager, Cardiac Surgery Unit, Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health; Todd Groeber, RN, associate nurse director, Critical Care Services, Abington-Jefferson Health; Eileen Jameson, senior VP, Operations, Abington - Jefferson Health; Terry Reilly, RN,MSN, senior VP, Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer, Abington - Jefferson Health; and Gwen O’Shaughnessy, Director, Hospital Services, Gift of Life Donor Program.

“We are pleased to recognize Abington - Jefferson Health and Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience as dedicated and leading champions for organ donation,” said Gift of Life President & CEO Howard M. Nathan. “We are extremely grateful for the exceptional talent and commitment of our hospital partners. They truly give people a second chance at life.”

“Abington is a busy trauma center with a large critical care service, making it crucial to have a good partnership like the one we have with the Gift of Life Donor Program,” said Abington – Jefferson Health President Meg McGoldrick. “Gift of Life provides invaluable expertise and support as we help families considering organ donation through one of the most difficult experiences they will ever have to face.”

Image of 2017 Gift of Life Award Recipients from Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, pictured with Gift of Life Donor Program Representatives at the HAP Southeast Connect event Nov. 3 in Philadelphia. (Front Row, L-R) Howard M. Nathan, Gift of Life President & CEO. From Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience: Erin Ruggiano, RN, clinical nurse; Maryanne McCarrin, BSN, RN, SCRN, Neuroscience ICU nurse manager; Caitlin Harley, MSN, CCRN, Neuroscience ICU clinical nurse specialist; Emily Herron, BSN, RN, CCRN, SCRN. From Gift of Life Donor Program: Gwen O’Shaughnessy, Director, Hospital Services and Tameka Childs-Wolfe, Hospital Services Coordinator. (Back Row, L-R) From Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience: John Pescatore, BSN, RN, clinical nurse; Dennis Caliguri, MSN, RN, VP Neuroscience Nursing; and Daniel Zaborowski, RN, clinical nurse.2017 Gift of Life Award Recipients from Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, pictured with Gift of Life Donor Program Representatives at the HAP Southeast Connect event Nov. 3 in Philadelphia. (Front Row, L-R) Howard M. Nathan, Gift of Life President & CEO. From Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience: Erin Ruggiano, RN, clinical nurse; Maryanne McCarrin, BSN, RN, SCRN, Neuroscience ICU nurse manager; Caitlin Harley, MSN, CCRN, Neuroscience ICU clinical nurse specialist; Emily Herron, BSN, RN, CCRN, SCRN. From Gift of Life Donor Program: Gwen O’Shaughnessy, Director, Hospital Services and Tameka Childs-Wolfe, Hospital Services Coordinator. (Back Row, L-R) From Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience: John Pescatore, BSN, RN, clinical nurse; Dennis Caliguri, MSN, RN, VP Neuroscience Nursing; and Daniel Zaborowski, RN, clinical nurse.

“We are dedicated to giving families who are committed to organ donation the chance to fulfill the final wishes of their loved ones,” said Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals President Richard J. Webster, MSN, RN. “It’s an extremely difficult time for families, and with the guidance of the Gift of Life Donor Program, we strive to do our part to make the process one that is more sensitive and more streamlined.”

About Gift of Life

Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 44,000 organ transplants and more than 750,000 tissue transplants. Currently in Gift of Life’s region – the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware – there are more than 5,400 men, women, and children awaiting a life-saving transplant. With an average of 20 people dying each day waiting for a transplant across the United States, the need for more donors is critical. For more information or to register today go to donors1.org. It takes only 30 seconds to register. Just one organ donor can save up to eight lives, and one tissue donor can benefit as many as 75 others.

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