Porterville, CA March 30, 2017: National Donate Life Month is celebrated across the country throughout
the month of April to encourage people to register as organ donors. With
over 100,000 people currently waiting for an organ and someone being added
to the transplant list every 10 minutes, the need for organ donors is
growing. To raise awareness for this need and celebrate those who have
chosen to save lives by registering as an organ donor, Sierra View Medical
Center is hosting a flag raising ceremony on Monday, April 3 at 10 a.m.
in front of the hospital’s main lobby.
This event will designate Sierra View as a hospital in partnership with
Donor Network West and the National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign sponsored
by the Division of Transplantation, Health Resources and Services Administration,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“This campaign brings together National Partners, regional and local
organ, eye, and tissue donation organizations, and their hospital partners
to educate hospital communities on the importance of signing up to be
organ, eye, and tissue donors,” said Sierra View CEO, Donna Hefner.
“The campaign, which has helped to register nearly 400,000 people
to state registries, aims to add more donor designations by May 2017 with
the help of our hospital and community.”
Sierra View Medical Center will be taking part in various activities throughout
Donate Life Month to help encourage staff and members of the community
to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. On March 23, Sierra View
hosted an organ donor registration drive which allowed hospital employees
and visitors to designate themselves as organ donors.
It only takes one person to save eight lives through organ donation and
one person to heal 75 lives through tissue donation. Each day, 22 people
unfortunately die while waiting for an organ donation. To not only make
a difference in countless family members’ lives, but to save lives
as well, join Sierra View Medical Center in celebrating National Donate
Life Month this April by registering as an organ donor at donatelife.net today.
Visit Sierra View Medical Center to see the commencement of National Donate
Life Month in your community by taking part in the flag raising celebration
at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 3.