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Hospital recognized for organ donor awareness efforts

April 19th, 2017

KPC News - The News Sun

Parkview LaGrange Hospital joined more than 200 hospitals and health systems nationwide and the Indiana Donor Network in the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, sponsored by the Division of Transplantation, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

During the campaign, which ran from May 1, 2015, to April 30, 2016, Parkview LaGrange Hospital and five other Parkview Health system hospitals earned platinum status by hosting enrollment events and activities aimed at registering organ donors and raising awareness of the importance of organ donation.

“One donor can save as many as eight lives and greatly improve the lives of another 50,” Jordi Disler, president of Parkview LaGrange Hospital, said in a news release. “Although April is National Donate Life Month, the need for donors is continuous. I encourage each of you to hold those crucial conversations with your loved ones about organ donation.”

“Each week, more than 150 people on the national transplant waiting list die because a lifesaving organ is not available,” Mike GeRue, senior vice president and chief operating officer at the Parkview Heart Institute and co-chair of Parkview Regional Medical Center’s donor council, said in the news release. “Parkview is dedicated to lowering that statistic by educating and registering people, and ultimately saving lives.”

“We’re grateful for statewide partners like Parkview Health because hospitals serve as important advocates for organ, tissue and eye donation,” Kellie Hanner, president and CEO of the Indiana Donor Network, said in the news release.

“The platinum level of recognition is the highest level of achievement in the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, and it demonstrates a true commitment to not only sharing the lifesaving and healing message of donation and transplantation, but also to giving Hoosiers the information they need to make informed decisions about donation.”

Every day, more people are added to the national organ transplant waiting list, which already is at about 120,000. Thousands of others whose lives would benefit from the gift of organ, eye or tissue donations continue to wait and hope, according to the Indiana Donor Network.

To register to be an organ, eye or tissue donor, visit indianadonornetwork.org.

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