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Published on August 15, 2013

Abington Health Joins The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Donate Life Hospital Campaign to Increase Organ Donor Registrations in Pennsylvania

ABINGTON, PA (August 15, 2013) Abington Health is a partner in The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Donate Life Hospital Campaign.

Sponsored by HAP, the campaign brings together state partners, local and regional organ, eye and tissue donation organizations, and hospitals throughout the state to educate employees and their communities about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. This dynamic collaboration runs through August 2013. Abington Health is committed to promoting the registration process for new donor designations toward the state campaign goal. Staff and community members are encouraged to register at www.donors1.org/Abington. Hospital leaders and employees throughout the health system have learned about organ donation and we have reached out to our community partners and local neighbors at events and programs.

“Abington Health is committed to educating our staff and the community on the importance of registering for organ donation. Many of us have been touched in our professional lives and personal lives by those who have needed organs, as well as living donors who have given so generously of themselves,” says Meg McGoldrick, executive vice president and COO of Abington Health and Board Member of Gift of Life.

The need is real. Each day, 79 Americans receive life-saving organ transplants and thousands more benefit from cornea and tissue transplants. These extraordinary gifts have been generously donated by ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds who took just a few minutes in a busy day to indicate their decisions to become organ and tissue donors. But broader awareness of the need for organ, eye and tissue donation is crucial. There are more than 6,000 residents in Pennsylvania awaiting life-saving organ transplant, and more than 117,000 in the United States and each week, more than 100 people on the national transplant waiting list die because no organ is available.

In Pennsylvania, there are 8,436 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant.

Here are some additional facts about organ, eye and tissue donation:

  • One organ donor can save as many as eight lives and improve many more through eye and tissue donation.
  • Organ transplants have been successfully saving lives for more than 50 years.
  • Cornea transplants have been successfully restoring sight for more than 100 years.
  • Donated tissues such as skin, bone and heart valves can dramatically improve the quality of life for recipients, and even save lives.
  • Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history.
  • More than 108 million people in the United States have registered their decision to donate.

Give the gift of life. Sign up today to become an organ, eye and tissue donor. To learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and to register your donation decision, visit www.donatelifepa.org.

About Abington Health

Abington Health is the umbrella organization that encompasses its flagship hospital, Abington Memorial Hospital, in Abington and Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township. Abington Health also includes three convenient outpatient facilities, Abington Health Center - Schilling in Willow Grove, Abington Health Center - Warminster in Bucks County and Abington Health Center – Blue Bell in Blue Bell, PA. Together, these facilities serve more than 39,000 inpatients, 134,000 emergency patients and over 653,000 outpatient visits annually.

More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Memorial Hospital and Lansdale Hospital. Additionally, Abington Health Physicians is an employed network of primary care physicians and specialists. Abington Health has more than 6,100 employees, making it one of the largest employers in Montgomery County.

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