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Gift of Life Donor Program and Roxborough Memorial Hospital Promote Organ Donation to Help Save Lives

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  • Written By: Michelle Aliprantis, MBA Regional Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications | PA Region Roxborough, Suburban, and Lower Bucks Hospital
Gift of Life Donor Program and Roxborough Memorial Hospital  Promote Organ Donation to Help Save Lives

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Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

Regional Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications | PA Region

Roxborough Memorial Hospital, Suburban Community Hospital, and Lower Bucks Hospital

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Gift of Life Donor Program and Roxborough Memorial Hospital Promote Organ Donation to Help Save Lives

Philadelphia, PA, (04/09/2021) — Each day, 17 people in the United States die while waiting for an organ transplant. Thousands more await a life-enhancing tissue transplant. Still, less than 50% percent of Pennsylvanians have registered to become organ and tissue donors.

Roxborough Memorial Hospital is joining forces with the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) and Gift of Life Donor Program to improve donation practices and outcomes while also promoting the critical need to increase the number of registered donors.

“As a health system, we are uniquely positioned to not only tend to the health of our patients, but to inspire our community to be mindful of wellness in all aspects of life,” said Burt Piper, chief executive officer of Roxborough Memorial Hospital. “The more people we can inspire to become organ donors, the better we can serve our mission to be leading advocates for the well-being of our entire community.”

Individuals are encouraged to talk with family members and friends about registering as a donor. One organ donor can save up to eight lives and a tissue donor can improve the lives of more than 100 others.

Some important facts about organ, tissue and cornea donation:

  • Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history.
  • More than 5,000 patients in the region await life-saving organ transplants. Thousands of others could benefit from life-enhancing tissue transplants.
  • Less than 50% of registered drivers in Pennsylvania have designated themselves as organ and tissue donors.
  • With more than 95,000 people across the nation awaiting a kidney, it is the organ in greatest demand, followed by liver, heart and lungs.
  • 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.

Ensuring that we have effective donation practices and hospital-wide education in place is an important first step toward an effective and robust donation system. By encouraging hospital staff and their friends and families to register to become organ, tissue and cornea donors, Roxborough Memorial Hospital aims to inspire hope, advocacy and passion among those waiting for a transplant.

“The number of people in need of transplants far exceeds the number of organs, tissues and corneas that are donated, and at Gift of Life, we’re passionate about educating people on the need to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor,” said Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO. “Registering to become a donor only takes about 30 seconds, but it’s one of the most meaningful ways individuals can inspire hope and change the life of someone waiting for a transplant.”

Roxborough Memorial Hospital encourages all our employees to learn the facts and talk with their family members and friends about becoming advocates for organ donation.

To register to become an organ donor or for more information on ways generate hope, advocacy and passion for National Donate Life Month, visit Gift of Life’s website at www.donors1.org.

About Roxborough Memorial Hospital: Roxborough Memorial Hospital is a 131-bed community hospital. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls and northwest section of Philadelphia communities for more than a century, having first opened its doors in 1890. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. For over 130 years, Roxborough Memorial Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to our local communities and the surrounding region.

As a member of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Roxborough Memorial Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 46 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County, and Lower Bucks Hospital, in Bristol.

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