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Raising Organ Donation Awareness during National Donate Life Month

April 01, 2021

During National Donate Life Month, HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospital community encourage everyone to learn about the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), there are more than 107,000 men, women, and children on the national transplant waiting list as of February 2021. Statistics from HHS highlight the need for organ donation across the country:

  • 90 percent of U.S. adults support organ donation, but only 60 percent are actually signed up as donors
  • 17 people die each day waiting for a transplant
  • Another person is added to the waiting list every nine minutes
  • Only three in 1,000 people die in a way that allows for organ donation
  • One person can donate up to eight life-saving organs

In a proclamation signed last month, Governor Tom Wolf noted that more than 7,000 Pennsylvanians are waiting for life-saving organ transplants. He encouraged everyone to consider registering to become organ and tissue donors.

This month, the state’s hospitals and health systems are raising awareness for this important issue through the 2021 HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge.

The 2021 challenge officially begins today and runs through April 30, 2021. The challenge 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 the Gift of Life Donor Program—the two organ procurement organizations serving Pennsylvania—to support the hospital challenge.

HAP, CORE, and Gift of Life will publicly acknowledge participating hospital efforts, sharing their awareness activities and designations at the end of the challenge.

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.