The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Aims to Increase Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donor Registrations
More than 117,000 people in the United States are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, and time is running out. Today, 18 of them will die because not enough organs are available for transplantation. Hundreds of thousands of others whose lives would benefit from the gift of tissue and eye donations continue to wait and hope.
In Pennsylvania alone, there are 8,366 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.
Recently, Pennsylvania Hospital joined the HAP Donate Life Hospital Campaign as a Hospital Partner to work with organ donation organizations, state associations in the healthcare sector, and hospitals statewide to increase the number of registered 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 donation organization, Gift of Life, in educating our hospital community on the critical need for organ donation and providing opportunities for people to sign up as organ, eye, and tissue donors,” said R. Michael Buckley, MD, executive director of PAH.
The US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, launched the WPFL Hospital Campaign on June 29, 2011. This campaign builds on the success of existing national and local workplace partnerships with more than 11,000 companies and organizations already participating in a broader awareness initiative, created in 2001 — the “Workplace Partnership for Life.”
The involvement and support of our staff are needed. We are asking our entire hospital community to help save lives by joining with our partner organ donation organization in educating staff members, patients and their families, visitors, and the extended community outside our doors on the critical need for organ donation and providing opportunities for people to sign up as organ, eye, and tissue donors.
the campaign is easy.
Also as part of this initiative, there will be employee registration drive every Wednesday in August in the Elm Garden Cafeteria from 11 am to 1 pm (remaining dates: August 21, and 28). For more information and details on ways you can become actively involved, contact Matthew Menard, physician liaison and community relations coordinator, at 215.829.5349.
If you aren’t already a donor, won’t you please 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.