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Gift of Life Celebrates Saving Lives and Setting Records in 2007
Date:1/18/2008

of 20 of these hospitals were honored with Medals of Honor from the federal Department of Health and Human Services this past October -- the most hospitals of any region in the nation.

Among new projects in 2008, a top priority will be the construction of the Gift of Life Family House, a new facility designed for out-of-town families with a loved one who is a patient at an area hospital awaiting transplant, patients being evaluated or receiving follow-up care after a transplant, as well as living organ donors. This year will mark the commencement of construction, with plans for completion by the first quarter of 2009.

Gift of Life's work is far from complete, and 2008 will see a continued focus on more lives being saved. As of last month, more than 5,400 people in Gift of Life's service region still await organ transplants; nearly 100,000 patients remain on the transplant waiting list nationwide.

Gift of Life is a nonprofit organ procurement organization that coordinates organ and tissue donation and transplantation in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. For the last 34 years, Gift of Life Donor Program has served as the link between donors and patients awaiting life-saving transplants, coordinating over 25,000 vital organ transplants and tens of thousands of tissue transplants. For more information, please call Gift of Life Donor Program at 1-800-DONORS-1, or visit the Web site at http://www.donors1.org.


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