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February 14 is National Donor Day; PA Hospitals Encourage Organ Donation

February 14 has been designated as National Donor Day—a day to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives that can be saved. Ninety-five percent of U.S. adults support organ donation, but only 58 percent are registered organ donors. Pennsylvania hospitals are working to change that through participation National Donor Day and the 2020 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

The 2020 challenge—which began January 1 and runs through April 30—encourages Pennsylvania hospitals to increase the number of organ and tissue donors, as well as raise donation awareness within their hospitals and throughout their communities.

HAP has partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) and Gift of Life Donor Program (Gift of Life)—the two organ procurement organizations serving Pennsylvania—to support the hospital challenge. HAP provides coaching calls, best practices, and e-learning modules for participating hospitals.

A record 113 hospitals and 24 health systems across Pennsylvania participated in the 2019 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge, making Pennsylvania one of the top four states in the nation for hospital involvement, and the most engaged state on the east coast. HAP applauds its members’ commitment to increase organ donation awareness and designations within their hospital and community.

For more information about Pennsylvania hospitals’ efforts to support organ donation, contact Mary Marshall, HAP’s director, workforce and professional services.

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