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.
ABOUT BEAUMONT HEALTH
Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare in 2014 to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to the highest quality, compassionate care, no matter where they live in southeast Michigan. The organization has budgeted net revenue of $4.1 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,337 beds, 168 outpatient sites, nearly 5000 physicians and 35,000 employees and about 3,500 volunteers. In 2014, the combined organizations had 175,675 inpatient admissions, 16,229 births and 492,148 emergency visits. Beaumont Health is the largest health system in Michigan for inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. For more information, visit beaumonthealth.org.
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