Gift of Life Donor program and Bayhealth

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Each day, 17 people in the United States die while waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Bayhealth is pleased to join Gift of Life Donor Program to promote organ and tissue donation. Gift of Life is encouraging individuals to register to become an organ, tissue and cornea donor, which is as easy as visiting donors1.org.

“Transplantation is one of the most significant advancements in the history of medicine, with 95% of Americans saying they support organ donation. Still, the need for organs is far greater than the number available,” said Richard D. Hasz, President and CEO of Gift of Life. “Gift of Life’s mission includes educating our community about the powerful impact they can make by taking less than a minute to register as an organ, tissue and cornea donor.”

“As a health system, we are uniquely positioned to not only tend to the health of our patients, but to inspire our community to be mindful of wellness in all aspects of life,” said Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy, FACHE. “The more people we can inspire to become organ donors, the better we can serve our mission to be advocates for the well-being of our entire community.”

 

 

 

Individuals are encouraged to talk with family members and friends about registering as a donor. One organ donor can save up to eight lives and a tissue donor can improve the lives of about 100 others. To sign up, visit donors1.org.

Some important facts about organ, tissue and cornea donation:

• Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history.

• About 5,000 children and adults in the region await life-saving organ transplants. Thousands of others could benefit from life-enhancing tissue transplants.

• With more than 90,000 people across the nation awaiting a kidney, it is the organ in greatest demand, followed by liver, heart and lungs.

• Because conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are often more prevalent in the multicultural community, these individuals make up 60% of those on the national organ transplant list.

Visit Bayhealth.org to learn more about our services, or Donors1.org to learn more about organ donation.

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