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Gift of Life Donor Program: Saving Lives and Promoting Life

In Brief

  • The Gift of Life Donor Program works to improve the quality of life of patients awaiting transplantation by maximizing the availability of donor organs and tissues while maintaining the highest medical, legal, ethical and fiscal standards. 
  • Crozer-Keystone Health System is teaming up with the Gift of Life to promote the Gift of Life’s campaign, “Saving Lives and Promoting Life.”
  • Each CKHS hospital will have a table set up during Hospital Week, May 6 to May 14, to provide more information about becoming a donor.

Did you know that there are over 110,000 people in the U.S. currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant? According to the Gift of Life Donor Program, more than 6,400 people in this region alone are currently waiting for an organ transplant. 

The Gift of Life Donor Program works to improve the quality of life of patients awaiting transplantation by maximizing the availability of donor organs and tissues while maintaining the highest medical, legal, ethical and fiscal standards. 

Crozer-Keystone Health System will team up with Gift of Life to promote the Gift of Life’s campaign, “Saving Lives and Promoting Life.” The official kickoff will be during Hospital Week, May 6 to 14. Each hospital will have a table set up to provide more information about becoming a donor.

According to the Gift of Life Donor Program, the following is a breakdown of the transplant waiting list for Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware, as of February 2011:

  • Kidney: 5,213
  • Liver: 994
  • Heart: 121
  • Lung: 79
  • Kidney/Pancreas: 116
  • Pancreas: 64
  • Heart-Lung: 2

Becoming a donor can be a difficult decision, but your gift can help more than 50 people on the donor registration list. Visit one of the information tables to speak to a representative about the program.

Some frequently asked questions about organ donation:

  • If I become an organ donor, will it affect the quality of my medical care if I become sick? No. Choosing to become a donor does not affect the quality of medical care that you would receive if you are sick or come to the hospital for any reason. Donation only takes place after all efforts have been made to save your life.
  • Will organ donation change the appearance of my body? No. Organ donation does not affect the body’s physical appearance, nor does it interfere with funeral arrangements.
  • Does my religion support organ donation? All major religions approve of organ donation, and consider it to be the greatest gift you can give.
  • How old must I be to become an organ donor? Anyone, regardless of age, can be an organ donor. However, certain diseases may prohibit an individual from being a donor.

Signing up to become a donor only takes a few minutes online. You must confirm your decision each and every time you renew your license or non-driver ID, so the choice is always yours.

To learn more about becoming a donor, visit www.donatelife-pa.org if you reside in Pennsylvania, www.donatelife-nj.org if you live in New Jersey and www.donatelife-de.org if you live in Delaware.

Contact Us

Crozer-Keystone Health System

Grant Gegwich, Vice President

Phone: 610-447-6316
Fax: 610-447-2015
Pager: 610-604-1728

Crozer-Chester Medical Center

Grant Gegwich, Vice President

Phone: 610-447-6316
Fax: 610-447-2015
Pager: 610-604-1728

Kate Stier, Director

Phone: 610-447-6314
Fax: 610-447-2015
Pager: 610-541-3130

Community Hospital

Grant Gegwich, Vice President

Phone: 610-447-6316
Fax: 610-447-2015
Pager: 610-604-1728

Kate Stier,  Director

Phone: 610-447-6314
Fax: 610-447-2015
Pager: 610-541-3130

Springfield Hospital

Grant Gegwich, Vice President

Phone: 610-447-6316
Fax: 610-447-2015
Pager: 610-604-1728

Kate Stier,  Director

Phone: 610-447-6314
Fax: 610-447-2015
Pager: 610-541-3130

Healthplex Sports Club

Grant Gegwich, Vice President

Phone: 610-447-6316
Fax: 610-447-2015
Pager: 610-604-1728

Kate Stier, Director

Phone: 610-447-6314
Fax: 610-447-2015
Pager: 610-541-3130

Delaware County Memorial Hospital

Mary Wascavage
Director of Public Relations and Marketing

Phone: 610-284-8619
Fax: 610-284-8606
Pager: 610-318-0861

Taylor Hospital

Mary Wascavage, Director

Phone: 610-284-8619
Fax: 610-284-8606
Pager: 610-318-0861