Porterville, CA March 22, 2017: In observance of April being National Donor Month, Sierra View Medical
Center has joined other area hospitals and Donor Network West in 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 challenges hospitals to educate employees,
patients, visitors, and the community about the crucial need for organ,
eye, and tissue donation. Sierra View Medical Center is encouraging individuals
to register as donors and providing them with opportunities to sign up.
The campaign, which has helped to register nearly 400,000 people to state
registries, aims to add more donor designations by May 2017.
“In order to be well informed, you must know what organ donation
is. You must learn how it works and how you can become an organ donor
yourself. You must learn what organs or tissues you can donate. This is
why education about organ donation is so important,” said Sierra
View Director of Critical Care Kris Reddell. “This is also why Sierra
View is joining the efforts of this important campaign.”
Sierra View Medical Center is aiming to add new organ donors to the state
registry by bringing awareness and registration opportunities to SVMC
employees as well as local community members to contribute to the national
goal and to earn national recognition from the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) for conducting activities that promote enrollment
in state organ donor registries.
As part of this initiative, Sierra View Medical Center will be hosting
a donor registration drive on Thursday, March 23 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.
in order to provide an opportunity for Sierra View employees, visitors
and members of the community to save lives. Just one donor has the potential
to save eight lives in need of transplants.
Sierra View Medical Center and Donor Network West need your involvement
and support. They are asking the entire hospital community to aid their
efforts in educating staff members, patients and their families, visitors,
and the extended community on the critical need for organ donation.
“Sierra View believes that it is vital that our community become
familiar with the importance of organ donation because the number of patients
waiting for organs far exceeds the number of people who have registered
to become organ donors,” added Reddell. “It is a selfless
way to give back to others and to be able to make a huge difference by
giving another person a second chance at life.”
If you are interested in becoming actively involved in the Sierra View
Medical campaign, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (559) 788-6124.
In the months ahead, you’ll be hearing more about Sierra View’s
participation in this important campaign and the impact that one person’s
life can have just by donating.
Please take a few minutes today to add your name to our state’s donor
registry. Someday you may save a life. Visit donatelifecalifornia.org
to find out how. To aid Sierra View Medical Center in their efforts to
register more donors locally, visit the hospital any time from 7 a.m.
to 12 p.m. on Thursday, March 23.