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WellSpan Health and six of its hospitals receive award for promoting organ and tissue donation

April 26, 2019

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Top photo: Karen Bronchella, hospital services coordinator, Gift of Life Donor Program, left, presents awards to (front row, from left) Allan Birenberg, vice president of medical affairs, WellSpan York Hospital; Keith Noll, senior vice president of WellSpan and president of WellSpan York Hospital; and Sandra Garrett, trauma program manager at WellSpan York Hospital. They were joined by WellSpan Gift of Life committee members and WellSpan York Hospital ICU staff. WellSpan York Hospital was one of six WellSpan hospitals to achieve awards in 2018, with WellSpan Health achieving the health system Platinum Award. Bottom photo: WellSpan Health Gift of Life Committee members join representatives from the Gift of Life Donor Program for First Friday events in York on April 5.

WellSpan Health announced that it, along with six of its hospitals were named 2018 award recipients from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

The goal is to increase promotion and awareness of organ, eye and tissue donations. A single donor can save eight lives and positively impact more than 100 more through tissue donation, according to the American Transplant Foundation.

  • WellSpan York Hospital earned the Titanium Award.
  • WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital earned the Platinum Award.
  • WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital earned the Platinum Award.
  • WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital earned the Platinum Award.
  • WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital earned the Platinum Award.
  • Chambersburg Hospital earned the Gold Award

Overall, WellSpan Health received the health system Platinum Award by the Donate Life Hospital Challenge.

“Donors have the ability to change someone’s life forever,” said Keith Noll, senior vice president, WellSpan Health, and president, WellSpan York Hospital. “This initiative is vital in addressing the needs of your neighbors waiting for a transplant right here in south central Pennsylvania.”

WellSpan is proud to be a part of the Pennsylvania Donate Life Hospital Challenge each year in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education, and the Gift of Life Donor Program.

About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of approximately 1,500 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 19,000 employees, and more than 170 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.

Media Contact: Ryan Coyle, 717-851-3151 or rcoyle@wellspan.org.