April is National Donate Life Month – Join Us As We Participate in the “Flags Across America” Flag Raising Ceremony
April 7, 2016
Bakersfield, Calif. – April 7, 2016 – In observance of national Donate Life Month, Kern Medical will participate in the “Flags Across America” awareness campaign. Kern Medical is conducting a flag raising ceremony as part of this national observation in collaboration with Donate Life California, the organ and tissue donor registry of the state, and OneLegacy, the organ and tissue recovery organization. Kern Medical is taking part in a national effort to bolster organ and tissue registries and to honor organ and tissue donors who have saved or enhanced countless lives with their generous gifts.
Kern Medical plays a vital role in organ and tissue donation in Kern County. Last year, the donors from Kern Medical had 30 organs transplanted. This is more than any other hospital in the County. Kern Medical and OneLegacy are committed to increasing our statewide donor registry, improving referral processes and promoting best practices in donor management.
Join us at Kern Medical on Tuesday, April 12th at 9:00 am at the main entrance of the hospital (east side of the building) as we raise our Donate Life Flag.
Sadly, there are over 124,000 patients across our nation waiting for a life-‐saving organ, and nationally an average of 18-‐22 patients die each day while waiting for a transplant because the organ they needed didnotbecomeavailableintime.
More than 10 million Californians have registered to be donors at the Department of Motor Vehicles, making the Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Registry the largest in the nation. However, only about 30 percent of Californian drivers have opted to get their “pink dot” on their driver’s license, compared to more than 70 percent in the states with the highest percentages.
Among the reasons for this low percentage are misleading beliefs, including many adults over the age of 50 who believe their advanced age or medical conditions are reasons to rule themselves out. In fact, anyone can be a donor – a 93-‐year-‐old kidney donor and a 99-‐year-‐old cornea donor set the national records for oldest organ and tissue donors. Age and most medical conditions do not exclude one from donating, and all potential donors are evaluated by medical professionals on a case-‐by-‐case basis.
Media are invited to attend this ceremony. For more information, please contact Aaron Markovits at OneLegacy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Scott Thygerson at Kern Medical.
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