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HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge Top Performers, Designations Announced

HAP, CORE, Gift of Life, DOH celebrate new titanium-level designation

HARRISBURG, Pa. (November 1)—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 2017 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

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

Hospitals are acknowledged for their efforts—the awareness and designation activities are captured on a scorecard for participating hospitals to achieve platinum, gold, silver, and bronze level recognitions.

A new designation level—titanium—was added to this year’s challenge. Pennsylvania is the first and only state to offer this designation. In order to reach the titanium level, hospitals engaged in unprecedented levels of clinical and community activities, aimed at encouraging new donor signups.

Each organ procurement organization region had five hospitals that reached the titanium level.

  • CORE Titanium Hospitals (western half of Pennsylvania): Allegheny General Hospital Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Conemaugh Memorial Medical Hospital UPMC Hamot UPMC Presbyterian
  • Gift of Life Titanium Hospitals (eastern half of Pennsylvania): Geisinger Medical Center Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Reading Hospital St. Luke’s Hospital – Bethlehem Temple University Hospital

Nearly 100 hospitals and health systems across the state participated in the challenge, which ran from April 1 through August 31, 2017.

“This was a remarkable year for hospital participation in the Donate Life Hospital Challenge,” said Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO. “Pennsylvania’s hospital community knows that these donations help save lives and heal families. We commend participating hospitals for all they do to encourage Pennsylvanians to become organ donors, and thank the Department of Health, CORE, and Gift of Life for their ongoing partnership with this project.”

The collaborating organizations recognize the top hospitals and health systems in each organ procurement organization’s service area of the state. The 2017 Top Performers of the Donate Life Hospital Challenge are:

CORE Top Performers

  • Top Health Systems: First Place: UPMC Health System Second Place: Conemaugh Health System Third Place: Allegheny Health Network
  • Top Hospitals: First Place: UPMC Presbyterian Second Place: Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center Third Place: Allegheny General Hospital

Gift of Life Top Performers

  • Top Health Systems: First Place: Geisinger Health System Second Place: PENN Medicine Third Place: Einstein Health
  • Top Hospitals: First Place: Geisinger Medical Center Second Place: Temple University Hospital Third Place: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

For the full list of hospital designations resulting from the challenge, and more information about the scoring process, visit HAP’s website.

“Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge’s friendly competition provides hope to the nearly 8,000 state residents currently waiting for a life-saving transplant,” said Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine. “On average, 400 Pennsylvanians a year will die waiting for an organ donation. By educating people on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation, we can drastically reduce that number and get people the critical transplants they so desperately need.”

“It is an honor to recognize the extraordinary hospitals who took part in the 2017 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge. It’s because of an ongoing commitment by these hospitals and health systems in our service region that CORE’s mission to save and enhance lives is possible,” said CORE President and CEO Susan Stuart. “Also, it must be remembered that a challenge such as this only exists because of Andy
Carter, HAP, and DOH, who are dedicated to creating a culture of donation within our hospital communities.”

“Congratulations to all of the hospitals that participated in this year’s Donate Life Challenge,” said Gift of Life Donor Program President and CEO Howard M. Nathan. “Our hospital partners play an essential role in providing the opportunity for organ and tissue donation that enables the gift of life. Thanks to their tremendous dedication, Pennsylvania continues to lead the nation in donation and transplantation."

On behalf of HAP, DOH, CORE, and Gift of Life, congratulations to the hospitals and health systems for receiving this recognition and for providing hope to the Pennsylvanians who currently are awaiting a life-saving transplant.

ABOUT HAP: HAP is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 240 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Additional information about HAP is available online at

ABOUT CORE: CORE is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations in the U.S. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to coordinate the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs and placement of corneas. With headquarters in Pittsburgh and an office in Charleston, West Virginia, CORE oversees a region that encompasses 155 hospitals and almost six million people throughout western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, NY. For more information, visit or call 1-800-DONORS-7.

ABOUT GIFT OF LIFE: Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 44,000 organ transplants and more than 750,000 tissue transplants. Gift of Life’s service area includes nearly 11 million people, and in 2016 the organization coordinated over 49 organ donors-per-million-population - ranking it among the highest in the world. For more information about organ and tissue donation or to register today, visit It only takes 30 seconds to register.

ABOUT DONATE LIFE PENNSYLVANIA: Donate Life Pennsylvania is a collaborative initiative between the Pennsylvania departments of Health, Education and Transportation and Pennsylvania’s two organ procurement organizations, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) and Gift of Life Donor Program (GOL). It is funded by residents of Pennsylvania through voluntary contributions included with driver’s license renewals, vehicle registrations and state income tax filings or direct check donations to the Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Trust Fund in care of the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Trust Fund contributions are used to educate Pennsylvanians, build awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation, and increase the number of people who sign up to become organ donors on their driver's license or state identification card. More information is available at or

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