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% 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% 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.”
Photo: From left to right: Deborah Cotellese, Hospital Services coordinator at Gift of Life Donor Program, Jan L. Weinstock, vice president of Administration and General Counsel at Gift of Life Donor Program, and Loretta Colberg, director of Quality Improvement at Paoli Hospital, Main Line Health.