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Gift of Life and the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania Southeast Connect honor Paoli Hospital for outstanding organ donation rates

Main Line Health November 8, 2018 News Releases

Gift of Life Donor Program—the organ procurement organization for the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware—and the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Southeast Connect, honored Paoli Hospital with a 2018 Gift of Life Award on November 2. This prestigious, annual award is given to hospitals with superior performance in organ donation that have either achieved a 75 percent organ donation conversion rate during the past year, or that have dramatically improved their performance compared to the previous year. The recipients were honored at the HAP Southeast Connect meeting, which was held at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia, Pa.

Gift of Life also recognized 19 Pennsylvania hospitals that achieved a 100 percent patient referral rate. The hospitals are: Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Jefferson Frankford Hospital, Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital, Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience, Lankenau Medical Center, Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, St. Mary Medical Center, Nazareth Hospital, Paoli Hospital, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Temple University Hospital, and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

“We are pleased to honor Paoli Hospital with a Gift of Life Award for their superior performance in organ donation,” said Howard M. Nathan, president and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program. “We thank the hospital for its commitment to making donation a routine part of compassionate end of life care, and for providing a second chance at life for so many.”

“On behalf of the entire Paoli Hospital team, we are honored to be recognized by Gift of Life for our commitment to organ donation education,” said Jim Paradis, president of Paoli Hospital. “As health care providers, we understand the unique role and responsibility we have to educate our patients about the difference that their donation can make. Our team at Paoli Hospital is committed to making the donation process a compassionate, safe and seamless experience for our patients and their families. The life-saving power of organ donation can only occur with the assistance of dedicated professionals who understand the needs of patients-and that is exactly what we have at Paoli Hospital and throughout Main Line Health.”

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.

The Main Line Health system 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 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, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. 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.

About Paoli Hospital

Paoli Hospital, a member of Main Line Health, is a 231-bed, not-for-profit acute care hospital and Regional Trauma Center with outpatient facilities in Exton and Collegeville. Paoli has been ranked among the top 10 hospitals in the Philadelphia Metro area by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2016–17, and was ranked as high performing in the following Common Core specialty areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, COPD, colon cancer surgery, congestive heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. Paoli is a multi-year recipient of the Premier “Award for Quality” and Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals® for providing superior patient care, and has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff.

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.

Contact

Mary Kate Coghlan
Communications Specialist
Office: 484.580.1028
Cell: 610.308.6675
coghlanm@mlhs.org