Conemaugh Health System Celebrates National Donate Life Month

April 2, 2018

Conemaugh Health System is pleased to join the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) to raise awareness of organ, tissue, and cornea donation, and to inspire everyone during Donate Life Month to be a hero – to be an organ donor.

Nationally, 115,000 individuals are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, including 2,500 in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. At least 20 of these individuals will die each day without receiving the transplant they so desperately need. An additional individual is added to the national transplant list every ten minutes.

“Donate Life Month provides an opportunity to remind ourselves of what heroes look like,” says Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE. “They are the sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, who – through organ, tissue, and cornea donation – gave life and offered healing to others. They are the 115,000 people who are waiting for a life-saving transplant; yearning for more time with their loved ones. We also recognize the healthcare professionals, our hospital heroes, who through their hard work, ingenuity, and compassion, provide the precious gift of life to so many in our area.”

“Our close collaboration with CORE sets the gift of life in motion,” says Pam Swansboro, Director of Nursing for Conemaugh Memorial and Chairperson for Conemaugh’s Organ, Tissue, and Eye Donor Advisory Committee. “Our hospitals have a culture of donation. We are all donation champions and work together to raise awareness about the vital importance of registering as a donor.”

Approximately 11,000 individuals die annual who are considered medically suitable to donate organ, tissues, and corneas, but only a fraction donate. Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history.

To learn more about donation or to register to be a donor, visit www.conemaugh.org/OrganDonation.

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