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Gift of Life Donor Program and Main Line Health recognize National Donate Life Month in April

Main Line Health April 16, 2018 News Releases

Gift of Life encourages individuals to generate hope, advocacy and passion by registering to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor

(Philadelphia, Pa.) – Each day, 20 people in the United States die while waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Main Line Health is pleased to join Gift of Life Donor Program and organ procurement organizations throughout the country to inspire hope, advocacy and passion for National Donate Life Month and beyond. Gift of Life is encouraging individuals to register to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor.

“Transplants save thousands of lives each year but the number of people in need of transplants far exceeds the number of organs, tissues and corneas that are donated,” said Barbara Wadsworth, RN, chief nursing officer at Main Line Health. “Gift of Life does an extraordinary job raising awareness of organ donation, increasing donor registration and supporting the individuals and families who donate and receive. As a member of the Board of Governors I’m honored to support this wonderful organization.”

Main Line Health will honor organ and tissue donors and their families this month by hosting Tree of Life/Donor Recognition Ceremonies at the following locations:

Representatives from Gift of Life as well as individuals and families affected by organ donation will be on hand to share their stories and raise awareness.

Some important facts about organ, tissue and cornea donation:

  1. Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history.
  2. More than 8,000 people wait for a life-saving organ transplant. Thousands more wait for tissue transplants that would greatly enhance their quality of life.
  3. Only half of registered drivers in Pennsylvania have designated themselves as organ and tissue donors.
  4. Right now, more than 118,000 men, women and children are waiting for an organ transplant that can save their lives.
  5. Because conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are often more prevalent in the multicultural community, these individuals make up more than 50 percent of those on the national organ transplant list.

Individuals are encouraged to talk with family members and friends about registering as a donor. Each organ, tissue and cornea donor can help up to 75 people. To sign up, visit donors1.org.

About Gift of Life Donor Program

Gift of Life Donor Program is the non-profit, federally-designated organ procurement organization, serving 11.2 million people across the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. Its annual donation rate ranks among the highest in the world. Since 1974, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 46,000 life-saving organs for transplant, and approximately one million tissue transplants have resulted from the generosity of donors and their families. One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people, and a tissue donor can enhance the lives of more than 75 others. For more information about donation and to register, visit us at donors1.org.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.