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PA Hospitals Encouraged to Join HAP in Support of Organ Donation Day

Every 10 minutes someone in Pennsylvania is told they need a life-saving transplant. With more than 7,500 patients currently on the transplant waiting list, the need for more registered organ and tissue donors is a public health crisis.

Donate Life Pennsylvania will hold its first-ever “PA Donor Day” on January 8, 2020, to encourage Pennsylvanians to register as organ and tissue donors. Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems are encouraged to join HAP as a participating organization, helping to spread the word and support donation efforts.

The campaign—a collaboration between the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Gift of Life Donor Program (GOL), and the Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Education and Transportation—aims to surpass five million registered organ and tissue donors in the state and to surpass the 50 percent mark of the state’s eligible donors becoming registered.

HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems are actively involved in efforts to raise awareness about organ donation. Each year HAP partners with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, CORE, and Gift of Life Donor Program to support HAP’s Donate Life Hospital Challenge encouraging Pennsylvania hospitals to increase organ donation awareness and designations within their hospital and community. A record 113 hospitals and 24 health systems across Pennsylvania participated in the 2019 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge; and earlier this week, HAP kicked off its 2020 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

To learn more about how to get involved with PA Donor Day and organ and tissue donation, contact Gift of Life’s Dwendy Johnson or CORE’s Kaitlynn Metz. To learn more about the HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge, contact Mary Marshall, HAP’s director, workforce and professional services.

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