Guthrie’s Robert Packer Hospital Recognizes National Organ Donor Awareness Month

Sayre, Pa. – More than 113,000 people across the country are awaiting an organ transplant, and at least eighteen die each day without receiving one. Donor recipients or donor families are invited to attend a flag raising ceremony on Thursday, April 12, 2012 starting at 10 a.m. at the second level of Robert Packer Hospital. The public is also welcome.

Robert Packer Hospital is joining with the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), to commemorate National Organ Donor Awareness Month. CORE is a federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia and parts of New York. Individuals are encouraged to talk with family members and friends about making the pledge to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor.  Each person that signs up to become a donor can help up to 50 people in need of a transplant.

“The number of people in need of transplants far exceeds the number of organs, tissues and corneas that are donated, and at CORE, one of our primary goals is to educate people on the need to make a pledge for life and become an organ, tissue and cornea donor,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE.  “In conjunction with OPOs across the nation, we are aiming to meet our goal of registering 20 million people across the country to become donors.  It’s part of Donate Life America’s ‘20 Million in 2012’ campaign.”

For more information about organ, tissue and cornea donation, visit CORE’s web site at or call 1-800-DONORS-7.

Guthrie Health is a community-based, not-for-profit health care system jointly formed by Guthrie Healthcare System (GHS) and Guthrie Clinic, also not-for-profit health care organizations. GHS provides inpatient, outpatient and home-based services through Corning Hospital, Troy Community Hospital, Robert Packer Hospital, and Guthrie Home Care and Guthrie Hospice. Guthrie Clinic provides primary and specialty physician services at 25 regional clinics. Guthrie Health provides care for 200,000 patients annually within its eleven-county area service area across the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York.