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Published on May 01, 2014

Crozer-Chester Medical Center Receives Gift of Life Award

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Katrina Stier
(610) 447-6314
Katrina.Stier@crozer.org

Crozer-Chester Medical Center recently received a gold medal award from the Gift of Life Donor Program. This award demonstrates the medical center's commitment to the organ donation process and saving lives.

Crozer-Chester Medical Center Receives Gift of Life Award

Eileen Young, M.S.N., R.N., Crozer-Keystone Health System's Chief Nursing Officer, accepts the gold medal award on behalf of Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

The Gift of Life Donor Program presents awards 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 to ensure that families are given the opportunity to donate.

Since 1974, the Gift of Life Donor Program has served as a link between donors and patients awaiting life-saving transplants in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. Since that time, the organ procurement organization has coordinated more than 28,000 life-saving organ transplants and hundreds of thousands of tissue transplants.

The Gift of Life Donor Program also recognized the Crozer-Keystone Regional Kidney Transplant Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Led by Cosme Manzarbeitia, M.D. and approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the PA Department of Health, the Crozer-Keystone Regional Kidney Transplant Center is accepting candidates for transplants and live donations. For more information, visit http://www.crozerkidney.org/ or call (610) 619-8420.

The need for more organ donors is still urgent. Today, there are nearly 6,000 patients in this region awaiting the gift of a 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.

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