The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Gift of Life Donor Program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) today announced the top hospitals and health systems of the 2017 HAP Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

The Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge encourages Pennsylvania hospitals to increase organ donation awareness and designations within their hospital and community.
Hospitals are acknowledged for their efforts—the awareness and designation activities are captured on a scorecard for participating hospitals to achieve platinum, gold, silver, and bronze level recognitions.
A new designation level—titanium—was added to this year’s challenge. Pennsylvania is the first and only state to offer this designation. In order to reach the titanium level, hospitals engaged in unprecedented levels of clinical and community activities, aimed at encouraging new donor signups.
Each organ procurement organization region had five hospitals that reached the titanium level.

CORE Titanium Hospitals(western half of Pennsylvania):

Gift of Life Titanium Hospitals (eastern half of Pennsylvania):

  • Geisinger Medical Center
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Reading Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Hospital – Bethlehem
  • Temple University Hospital

Nearly 100 hospitals and health systems across the state participated in the challenge, which ran from April 1 through August 31, 2017.

“This was a remarkable year for hospital participation in the Donate Life Hospital Challenge,” said Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO. “Pennsylvania’s hospital community knows that these donations help save lives and heal families. We commend participating hospitals for all they do to encourage Pennsylvanians to become organ donors, and thank the Department of Health, CORE, and Gift of Life for their ongoing partnership with this project.”
The collaborating organizations recognize the top hospitals and health systems in each organ procurement organization’s service area of the state.

The 2017 Top Performers of the Donate Life Hospital Challenge are:

CORE Top Performers
Top Health Systems:
First Place: UPMC Health System
Second Place: Conemaugh Health System
Third Place: Allegheny Health Network

Top Hospitals:
First Place: UPMC Presbyterian
Second Place: Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Third Place: Allegheny General Hospital

Gift of Life Top Performers
Top Health Systems:
First Place: Geisinger Health System
Second Place: PENN Medicine
Third Place: Einstein Health

Top Hospitals:
First Place: Geisinger Medical Center
Second Place: Temple University Hospital
Third Place: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

For the full list of hospital designations resulting from the challenge, and more information about the scoring process, visit HAP’s website.