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Pennsylvania Hospitals Celebrate Organ Donation, Learn about Addressing Unconscious Bias

November 13, 2020

Health care leaders from across the state attended HAP’s annual Southeast Connect last week to network, celebrate hospitals honored for excellence in organ donation, and learn ways to address unconscious bias in medical care. The annual event moved to a virtual setting this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

HAP and organ donation partner Gift of Life Organ Donor Program honored the winner of the 2020 Gift of Life Donor Award, Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The hospital was chosen for its 100 percent organ donor match rate, and for the hospital team’s enthusiastic participation in efforts to promote organ donation. Hospitals across the southeastern Pennsylvania region also were honored for their 100 percent donor match rates.

The event also featured keynote speaker Gloria Goins, a faculty member at Jefferson University who specializes in diversity and inclusion initiatives. Goins said that, with long hours, stressful cases, and sudden emergencies, health care providers face challenges that often lead to poor assumptions about patients. Goins provided several key steps hospitals and health systems should take.

During the last year, HAP has offered educational sessions and training to address health disparities and implicit bias in patient care, and will continue to do so in the future.

For more information, contact Daneen Schroder, HAP’s vice president, business development and member services, or Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s senior vice president, strategic integration.