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The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), by the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Gift of Life Donor Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) recently announced winners of the 2018 HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge. Conemaugh Health System representatives received recognition for their initiatives to raise awareness of organ, tissue, and eye donation this past year.
The HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge encourages Pennsylvania hospitals to increase organ donation awareness and designations in each hospital and in the community. The challenge is held during the month of April to coincide with National Donate Life Month. During the challenge, hospitals work to increase awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors, and encourage new donor registrations. In 2018, 111 hospitals and 21 health systems across the state participated in the challenge.
Conemaugh Memorial, Conemaugh Miners, and Conemaugh Nason Medical Centers all earned titanium, the highest level recognition; Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center earned platinum.
“Organ donation is an important opportunity to help people who are suffering from serious, and often life-threatening health conditions,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “The 2018 HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge brings awareness and education to organ donation and encourages people to sign up as donors. We are thankful for all those who are organ donors, and the hope they provide to the thousands of Pennsylvanians currently waiting for a life-saving transplant.”
“Once again, the commitment and enthusiasm shown by our hospital partners as part of the 2018 HAP Donate Life Pennsylvania Hospital Challenge has been extraordinary,” said Susan Stuart, President and CEO of CORE. “Guided by HAP and its leadership, their efforts to create a culture of donation within their hospitals have not only further strengthened that critical link between donation and transplantation, but have also offered CORE the opportunities to care for donors and their families, to give hope to those waiting for lifesaving organs and tissues, and ultimately to save and heal the lives of so many.”
PHOTO (L-R): Jessica Svidergol, Director of Nursing – Conemaugh Miners; Lisa Leckey, ER and Med / Surgery Nurse Manager – Conemaugh Miners; Denise Magyar, Administrative Assistant – Conemaugh Miners; Pam Swansboro, Director of Nursing – Conemaugh Memorial; Kathy Wess, Nursing Excellence Specialist – Conemaugh Memorial; Stacy Roberts, Marketing Communications – Conemaugh Health System; Denise Shesko, Director of Nursing – Conemaugh Meyersdale; Janet Cooper, Assistant Director of Nursing – Conemaugh Memorial; and Aaron Thomas, Marketing Coordinator – Conemaugh Meyersdale.