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West Penn Hospital Rings in National Donate Life Month with Flag Raising Ceremony

Thursday, April 4, 2019

PITTSBURGH, Pa.– West Penn Hospital will recognize National Donate Life Month by hosting its annual flag raising ceremony on Thursday, April 4 at 10 a.m.  The event will feature the powerful testimony of Melanie Lingenfelter, AHN liver recipient, as well as remarks from hospital and Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) leadership.

Melanie Lingenfelter of Pittsburgh could often be found running the streets of South Side, training for her next marathon. In 2017, however, she was on one of her morning runs and became fatigued and disoriented. Not long after, she was diagnosed with viral hepatitis and went into total liver failure. In December 2017, she received her transplant at AGH and today, she continues to enjoy her favorite past times of running, house restoration, hiking and more.

“This has been a life affirming experience. Though the medical mayhem came on suddenly, was life threatening and frightening for my family and myself, the care and guidance of the AHN transplant staff, CORE, my husband, friends, family and other transplant recipients, has been wonderful.. I have additionally learned the true meaning of gratitude, selflessness and have cultivated the ability to really experience and cherish moments of life. You never think anything like this is going to happen to you or yours. And then it does,” said Melanie.


  • Ron Andro, president of West Penn Hospital
  • Christie Ryan, Director of Professional Services and Regulatory Affairs, CORE
  • Melanie Lingenfelter, AGH liver recipient

A flag-raising ceremony to honor those who gave the gift of life and call attention to the significant need for more people to register as organ donors.

Thursday, April 4 at 10 a.m. - media should plan to arrive at the hospital by 9:45 a.m.

West Penn Hospital
4800 Friendship Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Nearly 115,000 men, women and children await lifesaving organ transplant across the country, and another person is added to the nation’s organ transplant waiting list every ten minutes. In Pennsylvania alone, more than 8,000 people are awaiting a lifesaving organ and thousands await tissue donation. National Donate Life month is a designated time of year to increase awareness of this need, encourage all to become registered organ donors and pay tribute to those who have given the gift of life.