Open Access - Same Day Appointments Resume on July 2nd

Call for a same-day appointment starting July 2nd! Expect shorter wait times!

North Philly: Broad Street Health Center
Leon Sullivan Building; 1415 N. Broad St. Ste. 224
Medical | Mon thru Thu 8:30am-5pm and Fri. 12:30pm-5pm; Sat-Sun Closed

West Philly: Spectrum Community Health Center
5201 Haverford Ave. 

Medical | Mon & Thu 8:30am-8pm; Tue & Wed 8:30am-5pm; Fri. 12:30pm-5pm; 
Dental | Mon & Thu 8:30am-8pm; Tue & Wed 8:30am-5pm; Fri. 12:30pm-5pm; Sat-Sun Closed

South Philly: Reed Street Health Center
1325 Reed St. 3rd Floor
Medical | Mon thru Thu 8:30am-5pm and Fri. 12:30pm-5pm; Sat-Sun Closed

To set up an appointment or for more information, call 215.471.2761 . 

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Gift of Life Donor Program visits Spectrum Community Health Center

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Leslie Jean-Mary, Multicultural Outreach Coordinator for the Gift of Life Donor Program, came to Spectrum to share about the need for organ and tissue transplants. Her insightful topics ranged from people wondering if there is an age limit for organ donation (health and condition matters more than age), if having an illness disqualifies potential donors (there a few conditions such as HIV, cancer, or systemic infection the would prevent organ donation), how to manage prohibitive religious beliefs (most major religions in the U.S. support it as a final act of kindness) to being in a certain race or social class making one less eligible for a donation (race, income and popularity are not considered; blood-type, waiting time, geographic proximity, and sickness severity are prioritized), Jean-Mary confidently dispelled several myths and misconceptions. She even hit home with pointing out how detractors and skeptics have fears that being a donor is a healthcare and life-saving disincentive, that surviving family will have to pay for organ donations, and that some people try to sell tissues and organs. Jean-Mary candidly noted that it is the medical professional's mission and priority to heal and save our lives, how organ selling is illegal in the U.S., and that organ and tissue donation is not even considered until every life-saving method is attempted.

Jean-Mary also introduced the audience to an organ transplant recipient who shared her story about becoming a world-class swimmer after receiving the transplant which was quite notable as she had not been a competitive swimmer prior to her diagnosis. This story was very eye-opening to the audience, helping everyone in attendance to strongly consider the lives that could be saved if everyone knew the true facts about organ and tissue transplants. To be more involved or to receive more information on donor referrals, log on to www.donors1.org or call 800-KIDNEY-1 (800.543.6391) or 800-DONORS-1 (800.366.6771).

 

Organ Donor National Observances and Celebrations

The need for organ, eye and tissue donors is on-going, so join Donate Life America by participating in one of our many observances throughout the year! Together, through spreading the word and educating others about donation, we can take small steps each day towards saving more lives. Below are downloadable images you can use throughout social media and links to other resources for you to utilize within your local and online community.

National Donor Day – February 14, 2019

National Donor Day is a time to focus on all types of donation – organ, eye, tissue, blood, platelets and marrow by participating in blood/marrow drives or donor registration events. It is also a day to recognize our loved ones who have given the gift of donation, have received a donation, are currently waiting or did not receive an organ in time.

National Donate Life Month – April

National Donate Life Month (NDLM) features an entire month of local, regional and national activities to help encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation.

National Donate Life Blue & Green Day – April 12, 2019

On National Donate Life Blue & Green Day, the public is encouraged to wear blue and green, hold events and fundraisers, and partner with local restaurants, malls, media, and community organizations in an effort to spread awareness about organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.

Donate Life ECHO – July 8-21, 2018

Donate Life ECHO, which stands for Every Community Has Opportunity, is a nationwide observance designed to reach multicultural communities. Through the ECHO concept of reiteration and repetition—with people sharing the message of donation within their community—more lives will be saved and healed.

National DMV Appreciation Week – September 24-28, 2018

The first-annual National DMV Appreciation Week took place in 2016. The DMV partnership remains the primary source of donor registrations. DMV and driver’s licensing partners are the people on the front lines of service who have helped register more than 130 million donors. DMV Appreciation Week is a time for the Donate Life Community to say thank you and show its appreciation of DMV partners across the country through national and local events and outreach.

National Donor Sabbath – November 9-11, 2018

National Donor Sabbath is a three-day observance (Friday through Sunday) that seeks to engage all major religions in the United States. It is a time for congregations to learn more about the critical shortage, celebrate life and pray for those affected by donation and transplantation.

 

Sources:
https://organdonor.gov/about/facts-terms/donation-myths-facts.html
www.donors1.org

 

Spectrum Supports the 23rd Annual Gift of Life Donor Dash

 
On Sunday, April 15th, The Philadelphia Museum of Art was crowded with more than 12,000 eager participants for the 23rd Annual Gift of Life Donor Dash which celebrates the lives saved through organ and tissue donation, honors donors who have passed, and creates awareness for the need of more organ and tissue donations. Thus far, the campaign has raised more than $250K. However, Donor Dash teams are accepting financial contributions throughout the summer, so there is still time to contribute towards the event fundraising goals.  

On Sunday, April 15th, The Philadelphia Museum of Art was crowded with more than 12,000 eager participants for the 23rd Annual Gift of Life Donor Dash which celebrates the lives saved through organ and tissue donation, honors donors who have passed, and creates awareness for the need of more organ and tissue donations. Thus far, the campaign has raised more than $250K. However, Donor Dash teams are accepting financial contributions throughout the summer, so there is still time to contribute towards the event fundraising goals.  

 
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According to Gift of Life, more than 5,000 people in our region are awaiting a transplant. This event, which features a 10K and 5K Run, Kids Fun Run, and 3K walk, enables participants to help people obtain life-saving organ transplants and enjoy their lives.

 

Spectrum supports this campaign by  spreading awareness onsite and providing educational literature on registering as a new donor. 

 

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For more information about how to register, contact our behavioral health team at 215.471.2761 or to support donor dash teams visit donordash.org.

 
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