Every day in the United States, an average of 77 people receive hope and improved health through organ donation. Unfortunately, 17 more will die waiting for transplants. Today, more than 100,000 Americans — including more than 800 South Carolinians — are on the organ donation waiting list.
Hospitals throughout SOuth Carolina, in collaboration with SCHA and Donate Life, are working to increase the number of registered organ, tissue and eye donors in the South Carolina Donor Registry.
Hospital organ donation programs have been central to increasing the public’s knowledge of donation options and willingness to consider donation. Using the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative, hospitals have increased conversion rates from 48 percent to 65 percent nationally since 2003.
The American Hospital Association is a national partner in the Health Resources and Services Administration's Organ Donor Campaign and in Donate Life America, a national alliance committed to increasing organ, eye and tissue donation.
“Hospitals and health systems have the unique ability to educate patients, visitors, members of the community, as well as their own staff and caregivers about the importance of signing up to become an organ and tissue donor,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. “I encourage you to consider becoming a hospital partner in donor enrollment campaigns during the month of April and beyond.”
Registering takes only a few minutes. Please encourage your family, friends and colleagues to pledge the "gift of life" by signing up.
HAVE YOU DONE THIS YET? You can now share your decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor on your Facebook Timeline. Go to Timeline, click on "Life Event," select "Health and Wellness," choose "Organ Donor."
IMPORTANT: Make sure to click on the "Officially Register" link to make your decision to be a donor official by registering in your state. It's that easy!