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Conemaugh Health System Partners with Johnstown Tomahawks for Organ Donor Awareness
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Posted: 2014-03-04

Conemaugh Health System has joined as a partner in the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Campaign for the second consecutive year. Sponsored by the United States Department of Health and Human Service and Health Resource and Services Administration, the campaign brings together national partners, local and regional organ, eye and tissue donation organizations, and hospitals through the nation to educate employees and their communities on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.

As part of this campaign, Conemaugh Health System and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) are partnering with the Johnstown Tomahawks for Organ, Tissue and Cornea Donation Awareness during their final regular season game on March 23 at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena. Game time is 3:00 p.m.

Donations in 2013 by Conemaugh Health System patients have resulted in 29 life-saving organ transplants, 54 cornea transplants and as many as 1,700 life-enhancing tissue transplants. Additionally, countless individuals may someday benefit from organs and tissues that were recovered for research.

While these donations are incredible, there are still 8,506 individuals in Pennsylvania waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. One organ donor can save as many as eight lives and improve many more through eye and tissue donation.

"There is a tremendous need for registered organ, tissue and cornea donors," says Pamela Swansboro, Conemaugh Memorial Director of Nursing and Chair of Conemaugh's Donor Advisory Committee. "Our Donor Advisory Committee is continuously working to increase awareness, provide educational information and reach out to our community for support. We are excited for this opportunity with the Tomahawks and hope to highlight the importance of this personal commitment to give the gift of life."

"We are dedicating this game to all who live on through their selfless act of donation," says Johnstown Tomahawks Coach Jason Spence. "They are heroes."

Conemaugh Health System and the Johnstown Tomahawks are offering special discount tickets for this Donor Awareness event. Registered organ donors can receive one free adult ticket with the purchase of a $10 adult ticket. All additional adult tickets are $10 each and tickets for children under 12 are $6. Deadline for purchase of these special discount tickets is Friday, March 14 at 5:00 p.m. To purchase Conemaugh discount tickets or for more information, contact Stacy Roberts, Conemaugh Health System Marketing Communications, at svarmeck@conemaugh.org or (814) 534-9333. Tickets will be available for pick-up at the "Will Call" window prior to the start of the March 23 game.

To purchase game tickets after March 14, please visit the Johnstown Tomahawks website at www.johnstowntomahawks.com, call (814) 536-4625, or visit the War Memorial Box Office.

To become an organ donor, visit www.donatelife-pa.org or check “yes” for organ and tissue donation when renewing a driver’s license or photo ID.


About CORE
The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to coordinate the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs and placement of corneas. For more information, visit www.core.org or call 1-800-DONORS-7.

About the Conemaugh Health System
Serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs; Conemaugh Health System (CHS) is the largest healthcare provider in West Central Pennsylvania with 4,500+ employees and 350 physicians. Learn more at www.conemaugh.org.

For More Information, Please Contact:
Amy Bradley, Director of Public Affairs
Phone: (814) 534-3121
Email: abradle@conemaugh.org