Mercy Health System Receives HAP Gold Designation for Organ Donor Awareness
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (November 2, 2017) – Mercy Health system earned the Gold designation from the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) 2017 Donate Life Hospital Challenge. The annual program encourages Pennsylvania hospitals to increase awareness for organ donation within individual hospitals and the surrounding communities.
“We are proud to earn this designation and do our part in the ongoing effort to raise awareness for the importance of organ donation registration,” said Susan Croushore, President and CEO of Mercy Health System. “With the help our of colleagues and our communities, we hope to make a difference for the thousands of patients awaiting organ and tissue transplants.”
The Gift of Life Donor Program reports that more than 8,400 patients currently await life-saving organ and tissue transplants throughout Pennsylvania, and 21 of them die each day from lack of an appropriate donor match. One organ, tissue and eye donor can save up to eight lives and help more than 50 others.
Mercy Health System used the HAP program to educate colleagues, patients and members of the community about the importance of organ and tissue donation. Mercy Health System’s efforts included:
- Providing education programs for critical care staff to discuss organ donation in a critical care setting
- Handing out Gift of Life enrollment brochures at colleague events
- Promoting organ donation in colleague-facing newsletters
- Participating in National Donate Life Blue and Green Day, which raises awareness for organ donation.
Nearly 100 hospitals and health systems across Pennsylvania participated in this challenge, which ran from April 1 to Aug. 31, 2017. The HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge awareness and designation activities were captured on score cards, and participating hospitals competed to achieve platinum, gold, silver and bronze level recognitions for their efforts. The Mercy Health System hospitals earned platinum (Nazareth Hospital) and gold (Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital/Mercy Philadelphia Hospital) designations.