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Published on December 01, 2009

Abington Memorial Hospital Receives
Fourth Consecutive DVHC
Gift of Life Award

ABINGTON, PA (December 1, 2009) — Abington Memorial Hospital (AMH) was recently awarded the 2009 DVHC Gift of Life Award for the fourth consecutive year. AMH has granted more and more people a second chance at living as a result of Abington's partnership with the Gift of Life Donor Program (GLDP), as well as the decision of donors and their families.

Due to dedication by AMH staff members, organ donation facilitated by the hospital has increased by 17 percent - from 56 percent to 73 percent - within the last year.

"The opportunity to successfully support the patient and family through a devastating crisis depends on details of care delivery, compassionate understanding, and the ability to help the family see beyond the crisis to the opportunity of giving life to another," said Terry Reilly, R.N., nurse director, Critical Care Services.

The commitment from AMH and the GLDP reflects the impact made on each recipient's life. Reilly emphasizes that AMH has gone above and beyond to achieve the utmost success in improving the quality of life for every individual. The hospital and GLDP work together to give one individual a kidney, a liver, a lung or a heart and a chance to live a happy and extensive life.

"The continued success with the organ procurement program at AMH is directly related to the collaborative relationship between the GLDP and the bedside clinicians," continues Reilly. "It is very heartfelt when these gifted physicians and nurses help our families to experience this gift of life."

About Abington Memorial Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital is a 665-bed, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 900 physicians and more than 5,600 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, neurosciences, orthopedics and maternal/child health.

About Gift of Life Donor Program

The Gift of Life Donor Program is a non-profit organization that has been successfully operating for 35 years. To acquire and secure organs and tissue for those in need of transplantation, the GLDP collaborates with more than 150 regional hospitals, increasing the chances of a better and longer life for transplant patients.

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