Medal of Honor
St. Luke's Presented with Medal of Honor
Bethlehem, PA (4/8/2013) – The Gift of Life Donor Program presented St. Luke's Hospital - Bethlehem Campus with a Medal of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
HHS annually awards Medals of Honor to hospitals around the nation, recognizing those healthcare professionals who make a commitment to organ and tissue donation. In recognition of its outstanding organ donation rates, St. Luke's University Hospital-Bethlehem was named a 2012 recipient of this prestigious award, which recognizes hospitals for achieving an organ donation rate of 75 percent or greater during a 12-month period.
St. Luke's University Hospital-Bethlehem has received this award every year since it was first offered in 2005.
Every April, Gift of Life Donor Program joins Donate Life America, regional healthcare partners and countless dedicated volunteers in celebrating National Donate Life Month! Gift of Life—the region's non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware—works in partnership with 130 hospitals throughout our region to bring hope to thousands by coordinating life-saving and life-enhancing organ and tissue transplants. Organ and tissue transplantation is a team effort, one that requires compassionate family-centered care and close collaboration between Gift of Life staff and the region's healthcare partners.
“Gift of Life works closely with our hospital partners to help create the opportunity for meaningful donation, out of what is often a difficult, stressful situation for our donor families,” says Gift of Life President and CEO, Howard M. Nathan. “Knowing the importance of these gifts helps our healthcare partners to be dual advocates for both our donor families and transplant recipients.”
Gift of Life is proud to work hand-in-hand with our region's 130 hospitals and 16 transplant centers, who have been staunch supporters of donation and an important part of our effort to save lives—but it is a race against time. Eighteen people die every day on the national transplant waiting list due to the lack of available organs. Donate Life Month marks a time when Gift of Life asks our hospital partners to encourage people to register by hosting donor drives, speaking engagements, “lunch and learn” sessions, and more.
Throughout April, Gift of Life Donor Program will host events and activities to help educate people about the need for donation—including the 18th Annual Dash for Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness. The Dash offers an exciting way for our hospitals and transplant centers to get involved. Individual staff can run a 5K or 10K race, and hospital or unit-based teams can participate in a 3K walk. Learn more about how you and your coworkers can get involved by visiting Gift of Life's website at www.donors1.org.
About Gift of Life Donor Program
Gift of Life Donor Program is the non-profit, federally designated organ and tissue transplant network serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. For more than 38 years, Gift of Life has coordinated more than 34,000 organ transplants, along with more than an estimated 500,000 tissue transplants. For more information on organ and tissue donation, please call Gift of Life at 1-800-DONORS-1 (1-800-366-6771) or visit at www.donors1.org.