Conemaugh Health System Recognized for Efforts to Increase Organ Donor Awareness

January 10, 2018

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Gift of Life Donor Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) have named Conemaugh Health System one of the top health systems of the 2017 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

The Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge encourages Pennsylvania hospitals to increase organ donation awareness and designations within their hospital and community. These awareness activities and efforts are captured on a scorecard for participating hospitals to achieve platinum, gold, silver, and bronze level recognitions.

A new designation level—titanium—was added to this year’s challenge. Pennsylvania is the first and only state to offer this designation. In order to reach the titanium level, hospitals engaged in unprecedented levels of clinical and community activities, aimed at encouraging new donor signups.

Nearly 100 hospitals and health systems across the state participated in the challenge, which ran from April 1 through August 31, 2017. Conemaugh Health System was one of five health systems in the western half of Pennsylvania to reach the titanium level. 

In addition to the health system recognition, Conemaugh Miners Medical Center and Conemaugh Nason Medical Center each received Platinum designations and Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center was named a Silver level participant.

 “This was a remarkable year for hospital participation in the Donate Life Hospital Challenge,” said Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO. “Pennsylvania’s hospital community knows that these donations help save lives and heal families. We commend participating hospitals for all they do to encourage Pennsylvanians to become organ donors, and thank the Department of Health, CORE, and Gift of Life for their ongoing partnership with this project.”

“Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge’s friendly competition provides hope to the nearly 8,000 state residents currently waiting for a life-saving transplant,” said Acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine. “On average, 400 Pennsylvanians a year will die waiting for an organ donation. By educating people on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation, we can drastically reduce that number and get people the critical transplants they so desperately need.”

For the full list of hospital designations resulting from the challenge, and more information about the scoring process, visit HAP’s website.