Bassett Medical Center Partners with Center for Donation and Transplant to Honor Organ & Tissue Donors, Celebrate Donate Life Month

Bassett Medical Center

March 31, 2017

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April 2017 – Bassett Medical Center will participate in month-long activities to celebrate National Donate Life Month, a celebration held throughout the month of April that showcases the lifesaving benefits of organ and tissue donation and encourages New Yorkers to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Donor Registry.

For the duration of April, Bassett Medical Center will fly a Donate Life flag. The intent of the flag is to not only celebrate the heroic decision to donate life, but to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation. The flags are provided by the Center for Donation and Transplant (CDT), the organ procurement organization that facilitates organ and tissue donation in 30 counties throughout New York and Western Vermont. Once the flags are raised and flown, CDT’s family services specialists send the flags to the donors’ families as a keepsake to remember their loved one.

The hospital will also join CDT in participating in a number of different events supporting the lifesaving gifts given by donors and raising awareness about the importance of signing up on the New York State Donate Life Registry, including a donor registry drive on Thursday, April 20th and participation in National Wear Blue and Green Day, held on April 21, 2017.

One organ donor can potentially save the lives of eight people, and improve the lives of 70 more through tissue donation. In 2016 more than 33,000 lives were saved throughout the country as a result of organ donation and thousands more were improved through tissue transplantation.

Bassett Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Vance M. Brown said, "Bassett's support of families who wish to give the gift of life is unwavering because the need is real. I would encourage everyone to discuss this topic with their loved ones and educate themselves on organ donation well in advance of having to make a decision."

“Bassett Medical Center has always been a compassionate and supportive partner in helping us save lives and offer hope and healing to donor families through the gift of donation,” Michael Thibault, 

Executive Director of CDT, said. “During Donate Life Month we pause to find even greater meaning in honoring the families and legacies of the individuals who help make life possible through organ, eye and tissue donation. Even with all the lives that have been saved through donation, hundreds of thousands more are still waiting for their lifesaving call, which is why we encourage all New Yorkers to consider registering on the state’s organ and tissue registry and help make their wishes known.”

10,000 New Yorkers are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Sadly, an average of one New Yorker passes every 15 hours because the organs they need are not available. Despite the urgent need, New York State ranks as one of the lowest states in the nation when it comes to the number of eligible residents on the New York State Donate Life Registry, with only 28 percent of eligible residents registered in comparison to the national average of 50 percent. Those that do receive the call that they’ve long been waiting for – that a matching, healthy, transplantable organ has been found – are given a second chance at life.

To register as a donor or for more information about how to get involved, please visit the Center for Donation and Transplant’s website at www.donatelifecdt.org.

About The Center for Donation & Transplant:

The Center for Donation & Transplant is the federally designated non-profit organ procurement organization that facilitates organ and tissue donation in northeastern New York and western Vermont. Serving a population of 2.7 million people and in partnership with 43 hospitals, CDT ensures that the option of donation is offered to families in an informative and compassionate manner, conducts educational outreach in communities throughout its service area to raise awareness of the New York State Donate Life Organ and Tissue Registry, and provides long-term support and comfort to families and hospital personnel involved in the donation process.

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