The Hospital &Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Aims to Increase Organ, Eye, andTissue Donor Registrations

HAP Donate Life imageMorethan 117,000 people in the United States are waiting for a life-saving organtransplant, and time is running out. Today, 18 of them will die because notenough organs are available for transplantation. Hundreds of thousands ofothers whose lives would benefit from the gift of tissue and eye donationscontinue to wait and hope.

InPennsylvania alone, there are 8,366 people waiting for a life-saving organtransplant.

Recently,Pennsylvania Hospital joined the HAP Donate Life Hospital Campaign as aHospital Partner to work with organ donation organizations, state associationsin the healthcare sector, and hospitals statewide to increase the number ofregistered organ, eye and tissue donors by August 31.  

“As a Hospital Partner in this initiative,we encourage all members of our staff to join with our partner organ donationorganization, Gift of Life, in educating ourhospital community on the critical need for organ donation and providingopportunities for people to sign up as organ, eye, and tissue donors,” said R. Michael Buckley, MD, executivedirector of PAH.

TheUS Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and ServicesAdministration, launched the WPFL Hospital Campaign on June 29, 2011. Thiscampaign builds on the success of existing national and local workplacepartnerships with more than 11,000 companies and organizations alreadyparticipating in a broader awareness initiative, created in 2001 — the“Workplace Partnership for Life.”

Theinvolvement and support of our staff are needed. We are asking our entirehospital community to help save lives by joining with our partner organdonation organization in educating staff members, patients and their families,visitors, and the extended community outside our doors on the critical need fororgan donation and providing opportunities for people to sign up as organ, eye,and tissue donors.

Joiningthe campaign is easy.
Also as part of this initiative, there will be employee registration driveevery Wednesday in August in the Elm Garden Cafeteria from 11 am to 1 pm (remaining dates: August 21, and28). For more information and details on ways you can become activelyinvolved, contact Matthew Menard, physician liaisonand community relations coordinator, at 215.829.5349.

If you aren’t already a donor, won’t youplease take a few minutes today to add your name to our state’s donor registry?You could someday save a life. Visit http://www.donatelifepa.org/ to find out how.