We thank our healthcare partners for collaborating with us to provide families of potential organ and tissue donors the best end-of-life care possible and expert support and guidance so each family is able to make a fully informed, timely donation decision that will prove enduring for their family and their loved one’s legacy.
Gift of Life Donor Program is committed to providing comprehensive education for our region’s healthcare partners. It’s important that you feel prepared to participate in your role in the donation process.
Donation Champion Learning Sessions
Gift of Life Donor Program has developed a one-day learning session to train and equip healthcare providers who are interested in improving their hospital’s organ donation system. This one-day workshop is a fast-paced and highly interactive session. Participants are asked to assess their unit’s/hospital’s current donation processes and are charged with “Leaving in Action” so that a collaborative and coordinated effort is in place for offering families a donation opportunity. FREE CEUs are available for Nurses and Respiratory Therapists.
Grief Support and Education
Gift of Life Donor Program’s Family Support Services department is comprised of Master’s-level mental health professionals specializing in helping donor families through the loss of a loved one. Our team is committed to providing care and support to the community, including hospital partners, and have presented on topics such as compassion fatigue, survivor’s guilt and grief awareness. To learn more about having someone from our Family Support Services team speak to your organization, email email@example.com.
HAP Challenge Resources
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the two organ procurement organizations (OPOs) serving Pennsylvania — Gift of Life Donor Program and the Center for Organ Recovery & Education — to support HAP’s Donate Life Hospital Challenge. Hospital teams record clinical and community education events on a customized scorecard to capture activities for improving the clinical process and increasing donor designations. Hospitals will be acknowledged for their efforts by HAP and the OPOs for achieving Titanium, Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze awards.
National Donate Life Month Campaign
Join Gift of Life to celebrate National Donate Life Month each April and share the power of organ and tissue donation with your community! We have an array of resources available so that every hospital can participate in this major observance that raises awareness about the importance of donation, encourages everyone to register as an organ, tissue and cornea donor and honors those who have saved and healed lives through donation.
National Minority Donor Awareness Month Resources
National Minority Donor Awareness Month (NMDAM) is celebrated throughout August to raise awareness among communities of color, which make up more than half of the 100,000 people on the national transplant waitlist. Join Gift of Life to help increase donor registrations and build a positive culture of organ, tissue and cornea donation in all communities. Together, we can save more lives!
Brain Death Communication Training For Residents
This course enables residents to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence for having conversations with donor families about brain death and grave prognosis. It includes a simulation where participants practice their communication skills while receiving coaching and immediate feedback. The training is offered free of charge by Gift of Life Donor Program staff at your hospital.
Hospital Training Opportunities
On-demand educational opportunities include in-services, lunch-and-learns, case debriefings, medical academic forums, resident conferences, physician forums, nursing forums, committees and councils (for example, ethics, critical care, quality/PI, social work/palliative medicine, etc.).
Gift of Life Donor Program, and its non-profit affiliate, Gift of Life Transplant Foundation are committed to supporting the advancement of donation and transplantation practices as well as innovative programs to support transplant patients (and their caregivers/families) receiving care at the Transplant Centers throughout the entire Gift of Life donation service area. See our Grant Program opportunities below and click through to learn more about each.
Our e-newsletter for hospitals
Developed specifically for our healthcare partners, our Hospital eNews provides information on optimal donation practices and transplant innovations. It also includes details about the work our healthcare partners do to support organ donation and transplantation.
To help you remain close to the stories of patients and families, there is a special section devoted to profiles of those whose lives have been impacted by organ and tissue donation.
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