Mercy Health System and Gift of Life Donor Program to Recognize National Donate Life Month
Gift of Life Encourages Individuals to Generate Hope, Advocacy and Passion by Registering to Become an Organ, Tissue and Cornea Donor
CONSHOHOCKEN, PA (April 4, 2017) – Mercy Health System is pleased to join the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) and Gift of Life Donor Program and organ procurement organizations throughout the country to inspire hope, advocacy and passion for National Donate Life Month and beyond. Gift of Life is encouraging individuals to register to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor.
“The number of people in need of transplants far exceeds the number of organs, tissues and corneas that are donated, and at Gift of Life, we’re passionate about educating people on the need to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor,” said Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO. “It’s only through education, community outreach and our strong partnerships with the 15 transplant centers and 131 acute care hospitals in our area that we are able to save more lives.”
Each day, 22 people in the United States die while waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Throughout the month of April, Mercy Health System colleagues will promote the importance of organ donation, including participation in National Blue & Green Day on April 21.
“As a health system, we are uniquely positioned to not only tend to the health of our patients, but to inspire our community to be mindful of wellness in all aspects of life,” said Cathy Weaver senior vice president of Mission Integration at Mercy Health System. “Throughout the month of April, Mercy Health System colleagues will aim to inspire people to become organ donors, serving a critical need in our communities.”
Individuals are encouraged to talk with family members and friends about registering as a donor. Each organ, tissue and cornea donor can help up to 75 people. To sign up, visit www.donors1.org.
About Gift of Life Donor Program
Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 40,000 life-saving organ transplants and an estimated 600,000 tissue transplants. Gift of Life serves as the link between donors and patients awaiting life-saving organ and life-enhancing tissue transplants. Serving nearly 11 million people in the region, Gift of Life’s coordination of over 44 donors-per-million-population ranks among the highest in the world. For more information about donation and to register, visit us at donors1.org.