Tower Hospitals Join in Donate Life Challenge

A helicopter pilot ready to delivery organs for transplant

POTTSTOWN PA – Pottstown and Phoenixville Hospitals, as well as five other Tower Health-operated hospitals in Montgomery, Berks, Chester, and Philadelphia counties, pledged Friday (Feb. 14, 2020) to promote the Gift of Life Donor Program and encourage individuals to register to become organ, tissue, and cornea donors.

The goal of the campaign is to increase the number of registered organ donor designations in the state registry. Each day, 20 people in the United States die while waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, the company reported in a media release.

“We are in a unique position to inspire our communities and educate them about the pressing need for organ and tissue donations,” said Mary Agnew, Tower Health’s senior vice president and chief nursing officer, said. “The more people we can encourage to become organ donors, the better we can … change the lives of those waiting for a transplant.”

Individuals are encouraged to talk with family members and friends about registering as a donor. One donor can help up to 75 people. Donor registrations are being taken here. Tower Health also noted:

  • Anyone can be a potential donor, regardless of age, race, or medical history.
  • More than 5,000 regional patients await life-saving organ transplants.
  • Thousands of others could benefit from life-enhancing tissue transplants.
  • Only 49.4 percent of registered drivers in Pennsylvania have designated themselves as organ and tissue donors.
  • All major religions in the U.S. support organ donation, and see it as the final act of love and generosity toward others.
  • Someone is added to the organ transplant list every 10 minutes.

Watch a video explaining organ donation (above) or see it at the YouTube channel of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

Tower Health recently established the Tower Health Transplant Institute. It features a nationally recognized team of transplant surgeons, physicians, and staff.

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