Crozer Receives Award for Commitment to Organ Donation
- Crozer-Chester Medical Center recently received an award in recognition of its commitment to the organ donation process and saving lives.
- Gift of Life serves as a link between donors and patients awaiting life-saving transplants in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. Visit www.donors1.org for more information.
Crozer-Chester Medical Center recently received a silver medal presented by the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council of HAP in conjunction with the Gift of Life Donor Program. This award demonstrates the commitment to the organ donation process and saving lives.
The award is given to hospitals in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware that have dedicated and compassionate hospital professionals who understand the needs of a patient waiting for a new organ and ensure that families are given the opportunity to donate.
To receive the silver medal, three goals must be met: achieving a donation conversation rate of 75 percent, increasing the number of organs donated per individual donor to 3.75 or higher; and expanding clinical processes for recovering organs through donation after cardiac death.
The Delaware Valley Healthcare Council of HAP collaborated with the Gift of Life Donor Program in 2006 to recognize hospitals for excellence in family care and outstanding rates of performance in organ donation.
“This award highlights the commitment of Crozer’s physicians and nurses to the Gift of Life program and the life-sustaining services they provide,” says Nancy Bucher, R.N., M.S.N., NEA-BC, vice president and chief nursing officer for Crozer-Keystone Health System.
Since 1974, Gift of Life has served as the link between donors and patients awaiting life-saving transplants in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. In their tenure, the organ procurement organization has coordinated more than 28,000 life-saving organ transplants and hundreds of thousands of tissue transplants.
The need for more organ donors is still urgent. Today, there are nearly 6,000 patients in this region awaiting the gift of life-saving organ transplant, joining the 103,000 people nationwide. For more information on organ and tissue donation, please call the Gift of Life at 1-800-DONORS-1 or visit its website, www.donors1.org.