Donor Month Celebration at Sierra View Medical Center

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 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.