Published on March 29, 2019

Reading Hospital To Hold Organ Donation Awareness Flag Ceremony April 1

2019 HAP Donate Life Challenge Encourages People to Register as Organ Donors

Reading Hospital will celebrate its commitment to building awareness about the importance of organ donation nationwide by raising a "2019 Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) Donate Life Challenge" flag on Monday, April 1, beginning at 7:45 a.m. at the Fifth Avenue entrance. Reading Hospital is honored to join HAP and Gift of Life Donor Program in encouraging all people to register as organ, tissue, and cornea donors.

"Each tissue, organ and cornea donor can help numerous individuals," said Joseph Brookes, MSN, RN, Nurse Manager of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Reading Hospital. "More than 20 people die every day in the U.S. awaiting an organ transplant that can save their lives. The more people we can inspire to become organ donors, the better we can serve Reading Hospital's primary goal for the communities we serve: 'Advancing Health, Transforming Lives.'"

More than 5,000 patients in this region await life-saving organ transplants. Only 47 percent of registered drivers in Pennsylvania have designated themselves as organ and tissue donors.

Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race, or medical history. With approximately 95,000 people across the nation awaiting a kidney, it is the organ in greatest demand, followed by liver, heart and lungs.

For more information and to register to become an organ donor, visit www.donors1.org.