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How Does the Donor Program Work?

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Gift of Life Donor Program works with hospitals and families throughout the region to help make transplants possible for thousands of patients.

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Delaware Donor Dash!

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Save the date for the 4th Annual Delaware Donor Dash! Saturday, September 23 at Nemours Estate in Wilmington, DE!

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Donation Champion Learning Sessions

This is a one day, highly interactive program that focuses on the role of critical care staff in utilizing and sharing best-demonstrated practices for referring potential organ donors to the organ procurement organization, providing support for families of potential organ donors, and maximizing clinical donor management. Please note, not all sessions are held in Philadelphia. Please make note of the location of the training which is listed next to the date (all programs are NOT held in Philadelphia). As registration opens, a link to the registration site will be placed next to each individual session date.

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Attendees will be given focused information to allow them to become Donation Champions, someone who role-models and shares key information to assist colleagues in carrying out best demonstrated practices in real time. These programs are open to staff who work at hospitals in Gift of Life's region. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL SESSIONS.

Program Objectives

  1. Discuss strategies to increase the number of available transplantable organs and meet the needs of patients waiting for organ transplants.
  2. Describe transplant recipients' and donor family members' perspectives on organ donation (hear the stories and experiences of a donor family and transplant recipient).
  3. Discuss best demonstrated practices related to timeliness of potential organ donor referrals, family support, and approaching families about organ donation opportunities.
  4. Describe the clinical testing used to determine brain death and how it is communicated to families.
  5. Compare and contrast the process for donation after brain death (DBD) with donation after circulatory (cardiac) death (DCD).
  6. Discuss donor management strategies that impact the number and quality of organs available for transplant.

Who Should Attend? ICU and ER Nurses, Nurse Leaders, Respiratory Therapists, Palliative Care, Social Work, Pastoral Care and Anyone Who May Care for a Potential Organ Donor at a hospital in Gift of Life's region.

2018 Donation Champion Schedule

  1. Thursday, January 25, 2018 at GLDP, Philadelphia, PA

  2. Friday, February 2, 2018 at Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE

  3. Thursday, March 8, 2018 at GLDP, Philadelphia, PA

  4. Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at Best Western Premier, Harrisburg, PA

  5. Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Holiday Inn, Wilkes-Barre, PA

  6. Thursday, June 21, 2018 at GLDP, Philadelphia, PA

  7. Thursday, July 19, 2018 at GLDP, Philadelphia, PA (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 7/19)

  8. Thursday, August 16, 2018 at GLDP, Philadelphia, PA (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 8/16)

  9. Thursday, September 6, 2018 at Bally's, Atlantic City, NJ (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 9/6 NJ)

  10. Thursday, September 13, 2018 at ArtsQuest Center, Bethlehem, PA (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 9/13 Bethlehem, PA)

  11. Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Lankenau Medical Center, Wynnewood, PA (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 10/25)

  12. Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Best Western, Lewisburg, PA (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 11/7 Lewisburg, PA)

  13. Thursday, November 15, 2018 at GLDP, Philadelphia, PA (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR 11/15 Phila)

For questions regarding the Donation Champion Learning Sessions, contact Gift of Life's Hospital Services department professional education coordinator.

Andrea Reynolds, e-mail
(215) 557-8090, ext. 1229

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Join Team Philadelphia:

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Threads of Love Donor Quilt

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Explore the online quilts to view the quilt squares provided by the loved ones of those who died and gave the gift of life. The actual quilts are available for display in public places throughout the region to promote donor awareness.


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It’s easy to add the donor designation to your driver's license or state I.D. card. In Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Sign up today!

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Register for the Donor Dash

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Donor Dash – April 15!

SAVE THE DATE! The 23rd Annual Donor Dash will be SUNDAY, APRIL 15 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art! Registration is now open.

The 2018 Donor Dash will feature 10K and 5K runs, a 3K walk, and a Kids Fun Run. This special event attracts people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

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