As part of its Health Insights series, Southampton Hospital will celebrate Donate Life Month with the presentation “Life, Live It, Give It,” on Tuesday, April 15, at 4 p.m. in the Hospital’s Parrish Memorial Hall. This event is meant to raise awareness of the importance of organ, eye, tissue, blood and bone marrow donation.
Hospital president and chief executive officer Robert Chaloner and a representative of the New York Organ Donor Network will discuss how transplantation gives hope and saves lives. According to the New York Organ Donor Network, nearly 22,000 patients received organ transplants in the United States last year while another 6,411 died while waiting for an organ.
Most people join the donor registry when they apply for or renew a drivers license and the average renewal date for licenses in New York State has been extended to 10 years, which may account in large part for the registry’s slow growth, Elaine Berg, president and chief executive officer of the donor network said in a press statement. In hopes of accelerating enrollments in New York’s donor registry, the hospital and the Organ Donor Network are urging the public to enroll by signing onto www.donatelifeny.org. The registry is confidential and maintained by the state Department of Health.
This lecture is free and open to the public. For reservations or more information call 726-8700 extension 8.