Abington Health Achieves Platinum-Level in the 2014 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge
Abington, PA (August 8, 2014) — Abington Health has achieved platinum-level recognition from the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for its efforts to increase organ and tissue donor awareness and designations among employees, physicians, patients, visitors and the surrounding community.
Abington Health hosted events and communicated the importance of organ donation using newsletters, email, social media platforms and more to increase donor awareness. The efforts were captured on a scorecard and submitted to the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). Abington Health’s efforts achieved the organization platinum-level designation.
“At Abington Health, we support organ donation and encourage everyone to register to be an organ donor,” said Meg McGoldrick, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Abington Health. “Being recognized by HAP validates our efforts and further reinforces the importance of organ donation.”
The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) and the Gift of Life Donor Program to support the 2014 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge.
"This achievement is a testament to the commitment Abington Health has maintained in saving lives through organ donation and transplantation," said Tameka Childs, hospital services coordinator, Gift of Life Donor Program.
Nationally, more than 117,000 men, women, and children are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. In Pennsylvania, more than 8,300 men, women and children are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant - 18 of them die each day because an appropriate match was not found in time. One organ, tissue, and eye donor may save up to 18 lives and help more than 50 people.
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 four convenient outpatient facilities, Abington Health Center – Schilling in Willow Grove, Abington Health Center – Warminster in Bucks County, Abington Health Center – Blue Bell, Abington Health Center – Montgomeryville and Urgent Care Centers in Flourtown and Feasterville. 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.