Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (April 13, 2010)---Botsford Hospital is taking part in a statewide campaign to save lives by working to help add one million names to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
“There is a critical need for life-saving organs in our state, and the more residents who can commit to helping others through joining the registry, the better,” said Constance Fleming, Director of Nursing Services at Botsford. “The staff of Botsford Hospital realizes the power of organ and tissue donation. And through our staff’s efforts to join and encourage their friends and family to join the registry we are hoping to inspire our fellow community members to follow suit.”
A special sign up day for donor registration is planned at Botsford on April 28 in the hospital cafeteria.
Michigan ranks 42nd nationwide in the percentage of registered drivers who have officially expressed their wish to someday become an organ, eye or tissue donor. Adding one million names to the state’s confidential database will bring Michigan in line with the national average of 39 percent.
At this time, just 24 percent of drivers in Michigan have signed the donor registry. Most residents aren’t aware that signing the back of a Michigan driver’s license or state ID isn’t enough to be a donor anymore. Residents now must join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry by going online to www.giftoflifemichigan.org , by calling 800.482.4881 or by visiting a Secretary of State branch office.
Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330 bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center and a comprehensive care cancer center. Botsford Hospital is also home to an extensive medical education program and is part of Michigan State University's statewide campus system. Botsford Hospital each year cares for approximately 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and more than 600 physicians. A not-for-profit hospital, Botsford provided almost $10.5 million in community benefit during its 2011 fiscal year.
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