April is National donate Life Month
Memorial Hospital will celebrate National Donate Life Month in front of the hospital’s main entrance flagpole on Tuesday, April 23 at noon. Memorial’s CEO, Bradley S. Talbert, FACHE will open the dedication that was declared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and instituted by Donate Life America in 2003 as a time for the nation’s organ and tissue donation and transplantation community to focus its attention on the critical need for life-saving donors. National Donate Life Month is celebrated throughout the month of April.
LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services, the federally-designated organ donor program serving a 36-county region of northern Florida, and Memorial Hospital are encouraging Floridians to learn the facts about organ and tissue donation and to join Florida’s donor registry at DonateLifeFlorida.org.
“There are more than 5,300 patients on the waiting list at transplant centers in Florida,” said Danielle Balbis, executive director of LifeQuest, “and each one is waiting for the Gift of Life. By documenting our decisions to become donors on Florida’s registry, we are making a commitment to help save lives.”
In 2018, more than 36,000 patients nationally received life-saving organ transplants, more than 2,400 of whom were transplanted at Florida centers. There are more than 113,000 patients on the national organ transplant waiting list, and it is estimated that every 10 minutes, another person is added to this list.
“The most important thing we can do to increase donation is to document our decisions by joining the donor registry,” said Michael Samotowka, MD, Trauma Medical Director at Memorial Hospital. “In less than one minute, you can make a decision that could save someone’s life.”
For more information about organ and tissue donation or to register your wishes to become a life-saving donor, visit DonateLifeFlorida.org.
About Memorial Hospital
Fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO,) Memorial Hospital, is known as a leader in quality, compassionate healthcare with a reputation maintained through excellent staff, along with programs of technological advances, growth and expansion to meet the ongoing needs of the community. Memorial Hospital serves the entire First Coast area.