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Organ Donation Encouraged during April, National Donate Life Month

This April, during National Donate Life Month, Navicent Health celebrates the lives of those who have received a second chance at life, as well as the contributions of those who make transplants possible – organ, tissue and eye donors. The health system also recognizes the approximately 5,500 Georgians who are awaiting needed transplants.

“At Navicent Health, we encourage the members of our community to commit to becoming an organ donor. One organ and tissue donor may save or enhance up to 75 lives. Passing along the gift of life to someone in need is a beautiful act,” said Dr. Christopher Hendry, Chief Medical Officer for MCNH.

The Medical Center, Navicent Health (MCNH) conducts annual awareness and registration campaigns in order to educate staff, patients, visitors and the community about the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donors. By doing so, MCNH assists in increasing the number of potential donors on Georgia’s Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. In 2016, MCNH received LifeLink of Georgia’s Platinum Recognition for its efforts. “Each year we work together with community partners to inform Georgians about the importance of organ and tissue donation. During Donate Life Month and every month, we share vital information about organ and tissue donation throughout the state and encourage every Georgian to learn the facts and commit to saving lives,” said Kathleen Lilly, Executive Director of LifeLink of Georgia.

Donation Fast Facts:

• Organ donors are not limited by medical history, age, sex, race or ethnicity.

• All major religions support donation as a lifesaving act of generosity and compassion.

• Saving lives as an organ and tissue donor places no financial burden on the donor’s estate or family.

• Approximately 28,000 transplants are made possible annually thanks to living and deceased donors.

• Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.

• Approximately 22 people die daily because they do not receive an organ in time.

Becoming a donor is simple. To register your decision to be an organ, tissue and eye donor, take one of the following steps:

• Visit Donate Life Georgia’s Organ and Tissue Donor Registry at www.donatelifegeorgia.org.

• Call 1-866-57-SHARE (74273).

• Say YES to donation when you apply for or renew your driver license or state identification card through Georgia’s Department of Driver Services.

About Navicent Health

Navicent Health was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate the Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the region. Navicent Health has 830 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes. The health system includes The Medical Center, Navicent Health, a nationally recognized tertiary teaching hospital; Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health, the region’s only dedicated pediatric hospital; Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health, a rural critical access hospital; Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health, the region’s oldest and most experienced rehabilitation provider; Pine Pointe, Navicent Health, which provides palliative and hospice care in homes and in its facility; Carlyle Place, Navicent Health, the area’s first continuing care retirement community; Navicent Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Navicent Health; as well as diagnostic and home care services. For more information, please visit www.navicenthealth.org.


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