October 2014 NewsFlash

Pocono Medical Center to receive Award for Commitment to Organ Donation

Pocono Medical Center will be recognized as a Platinum-Level Achiever and as the hospital that completed the widest variety of activities during the 2014 Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge, sponsored by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) in partnership with Gift of Life Donor Program. This award demonstrates the commitment to the organ and tissue donation process and saving lives at Pocono Medical Center.

From February 28 to May 15, participating hospitals throughout Pennsylvania held activities to inspire and increase donor awareness and designations within their hospital families and captured those activities on a scorecard. Participants strived to achieve platinum, gold, silver and bronze level point totals on the scorecard. Forty six (46) hospitals participated in this year’s Donate Life Hospital Challenge, and Pocono Medical Center was one of only 12 hospitals throughout the state to achieve 1,000 points and achieve Platinum status.

"This award highlights the commitment demonstrated each and every day by Pocono Medical Center's physicians, nurses, and all team members to the Gift of Life Program and the life-sustaining services they offer," says Jeff Snyder, President and CEO for Pocono Medical Center.

Nationally, more than 123,000 men, women, and children are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and 18 people die each day due to the lack of available organs for transplant. In Pennsylvania, more than 8,300 men, women, and children are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. One organ, tissue, and eye donor may save up to eight lives and help more than 50 people. The Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge is part of HAP's partnership with the American Hospital Association and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration's Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign.

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