Philadelphia, PA – Gift of Life Donor Program – the non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware – set a new national achievement in February by coordinating gifts from 57 organ donors in one month. The precious gifts donated from 57 selfless individuals resulted in 148 life-saving organ transplants.
With this record-breaking accomplishment, Gift of Life also marked the first time in U.S. donation history that an OPO coordinated more than 500 donors in a consecutive 12-month period. From March, 2015 to February, 2016, Gift of Life coordinated 511 organ donors. These milestones demonstrate the generosity of individuals and donor families in our region, and exemplify Gift of Life staff’s tireless dedication to ensuring every potential donor family is given the opportunity to create a legacy for their loved one.
“We are grateful to those individuals who made the decision to look past their own loss to help others.” said Howard M. Nathan, President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program. “Gift of Life has been able to reach its goals through our strong partnerships with the region’s 129 acute care hospitals and 15 transplant centers. Together, we ensure that donation is offered to families in a compassionate and positive manner.”
“We are proud of these accomplishments and have built a strategic plan so we can continue to have an impact on the number of patients saved.” said Gerard J. Fulda, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery at Christiana Care Health System; Chair, Gift of Life Governing Board. “Through combining public awareness with the excellent end of life care provided by our acute care hospital partners and medical staff, we can work to ensure that all families see organ and tissue donation as a fundamental human responsibility.”