Crozer-Keystone Earns Platinum Level Distinction for Organ Donor Awareness - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on November 19, 2015

Crozer-Keystone Earns Platinum Level Distinction for Organ Donor Awareness

Media Contact:
Katrina Stier
(610) 447-6314
Katrina.Stier@crozer.org

Practice Contact:
Kidney Transplant Center
(610) 619-8420

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

The 2015 Pennsylvania Donate
Life Hospital was designed
to inspire and increase donor
awareness and designations.

Crozer-Keystone Health System earned a platinum level award in the 2015 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge from the Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania (HAP). This statewide challenge was designed to inspire and increase donor awareness and designations within participating hospital families and health systems from Apr. 1 to Aug. 31, 2015. The platinum award is the highest designation for this challenge.

Crozer-Keystone used the campaign to educate, inform and involve our neighbors, patients, employees and their families on the importance of organ and tissue donation. Activities included 38 hospital educational programs discussing clinical best practices, including programs co-sponsored with The Philadelphia Union, Metz Hospitality Services and the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. The programs reached tens of thousands of individuals and Crozer-Keystone helped more people designate their organ donation interest through the Department of Motor Vehicles this year than the past three years combined.

The impact of organ and tissue donation can be felt nationally, as well as locally. An Organ Donor Appreciation Day special event held in August at Crozer-Chester Medical Center highlighted the local impact. Over 200 members of the community came out to support donor families and recipients. “A donor family member came up to me during the event,” said Joell Alter, director of physician relations for Transplant Services, “She said, ‘I can feel the spirit of my son here in this group of people. I feel blessed knowing that he is more than a memory and he was able to help others even after his passing.’”

From the “Christmas in July” event to the “Show You Care” social media campaign, Crozer-Keystone employees were fully engaged and committed to organ donation awareness. When asked to help with the 2015 Challenge, employees not only said “yes,” according to Alter, but they also asked, “What else can I do?”

HAP partnered with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) and Gift of Life Donor Program—the two organ procurement organizations serving Pennsylvania—to create this challenge. In Pennsylvania, more than 8,500 men, women and children are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. One organ, tissue, and eye donor may save up to 18 lives and help more than 50 people.

Learn more about organ donation www.crozerkeystone.org/Kidney.

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