Hope. Passion. Advocacy.
These qualities are not only exemplified every day by Temple University Hospital physicians and staff; they’re also a perfect way to describe efforts to increase organ donation. In partnership with TUH, Gift of Life—the Philadelphia area’s organ and tissue donation and transplant network—works hard to make transplants available for those who need them. The annual National Donate Life Month Presentation, held on April 20th in Erny Auditorium, was an opportunity to reflect on this mission and celebrate successes.
“Performing 480 lifesaving transplants in the last five years, we rely on the generosity of families faced with a loss to give our patients a second chance at life,” said Verdi J. DiSesa, MD, MBA, TUH’s President and CEO. He noted that last year, the hospital’s conversion rate (potential organ donors who went on to donation) was 59 percent—the second-highest of all adult transplant centers in the city. “Donation and transplant can turn a tragic and sometimes senseless death into a miraculous gift,” Dr. DiSesa concluded.