Lake View Hospital Joins National Campaign to Save Lives Through Donation and Transplantation
April is National Donate Life Month, a month-long recognition of those who have given the gifts of life, and to encourage others to register themselves as organ, eye, and tissue donors. Today, there are over 121,000 men, women and children waiting for the lifesaving gift of an organ transplant. Due to the organ shortage, 22 of these people will die today waiting. In response to this growing national concern, Lake View Hospital has partnered with LifeSource in a national initiative to raise awareness about the importance of registering to be a donor.
The hospital campaign is a special effort of the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL), an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration to enlist companies and organizations to be partners in promoting donor registration. The campaign, which has helped to register more than 325,000 enrollments to state registries, aims to add more donor designations by May 2016.
Lake View Hospital supports donation through a robust donation program including annual training for nursing and staff. Since 2010, Lake View Hospital has had the privilege of caring for five tissue donors and their families. Each tissue donor has the potential to improve or enhance up to 60 lives: that’s 300 individuals who are living healthier, happier lives as a result of the generosity of our community.
"Lake View Hospital is committed to continuing our efforts to promote organ donation from patients cared for in our organization. We work closely with families in a compassionate manner to ensure that the wishes of their loved ones are carried out," said Greg Ruberg, Administrator of Lake View Hospital.
As part of this national initiative, we urge you to learn more about the importance of donation by visiting DonateLife.net or Life-Source.org. And please take a few minutes today to add your name to our state’s donor registry. Someday you may save a life. Visit DonateLifeMN.org to find out how.