Mount Nittany Health has joined as a partner in The Hospital and HealthSystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Donate Life Hospital Campaign.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, the campaign brings together national partners, local and regional organ, eye and tissue donation organizations, and hospitals throughout the nation to educate employees and their communities on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.
The need is real. Each day, 79 Americans receive life-saving organ transplants and thousands more benefit from cornea and tissue transplants. These extraordinary gifts have been generously donated by ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds, who took just a few minutes in a busy day to indicate their decisions to become organ and tissue donors. But broader awareness of the need for organ, eye and tissue donation is crucial. There are more than 121,000 people awaiting an organ transplant in the United States and each week, more than 100 people on the national transplant waiting list die because no organ is available.
In Pennsylvania there are more than 8,400 people waiting for an organ transplant.
Here are some additional facts about organ, eye and tissue donation:
- One organ donor can save as many as eight lives and improve many more through eye and tissue donation.
- Organ transplants have been successfully saving lives for more than 50 years.
- Cornea transplants have been successfully restoring sight for more than 100 years.
- Donated tissues such as skin, bone and heart valves can dramatically improve the quality of life for recipients, and even save lives.
- Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history.
- More than 100 million people in the United States have registered their decision to donate.
Give the gift of life. Sign up today to become an organ, eye and tissue donor. To learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation and to register your donation decision, visit donatelifepa.org.