About The Project

Patients Save Lives Program

The Patients Save Lives program is a collaborative effort between the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (Pitt Public Health), The Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) and Donate Life America. The project was funded by Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh is among the nation's oldest and most distinguished comprehensive universities, with a wide variety of high-quality programs in the arts and sciences as well as professional fields.

Pitt Public Health:With more than 636 students, 178 full-time faculty members and 516 staff members, GSPH is located in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, the heart of Pittsburgh's health-care district. The school's close working relationships with the Allegheny County Health Department and other local, state, national, and international agencies in the public health field enhance the quality of its educational offerings and enrich the teaching and research programs of the School.  The school houses a number of centers that offer specialized research and educational opportunities. Pitt Public Health is a forerunner in public health research, with departments and programs that address today's most critical public health issues. The innovative minds of Pitt Public Health have united to solve global health challenges, to immerse themselves in the community, help to prevent the spread of disease, and to change the way people view public health.

The Center for Organ Recovery and Education

Established in 1977, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) is an independent, not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. CORE services 155 hospitals and over six million people in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and a small section of New York. CORE offers a wide range of organ, tissue, and eye procurement services including donor referral, family support during and after the donation process, coordination of the recovery process, and placement of donated organs. CORE also sponsors education and outreach programs throughout its service area to increase donor designation rates and general awareness about organ donation. CORE was the first OPO to implement the use of routine referral in 1989. In 1990, CORE established the first donor referral position to accept the growing number of referrals from hospitals. Additionally, CORE created in 1995 the first donor card database in Pennsylvania. CORE has been a leader in the use of donor registries and legislation to improve donation rates.

Donate Life America

Donate Life America is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit alliance of national organizations and state teams across the United States committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation.  Donate Life America manages and promotes the national brand for donation, Donate Life, and assists Donate Life State Teams and national partners in facilitating high-performing donor registries; developing and executing effective multi-media donor education programs; and motivating the American public to register now as organ, eye and tissue donors.

Health Resources and Services Administration

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. Comprising six bureaus and ten offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities.HRSA oversees organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation. It compensates individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice, waste, fraud and abuse. Since 1943 the agencies that were HRSA precursors have worked to improve the health of needy people. HRSA was created in 1982, when the Health Resources Administration and the Health Services Administration were merged.

Copyright and Authorship

All text, images, videos, music, sounds, website design, graphics, and software are Copyright 2016 University of Pittsburgh.

The author of this site is:

Howard Degenholtz, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management

Graduate School of Public Health

University of Pittsburgh