Botsford News Release
Farmington Hills, Mich. (October 28, 2010)---The Gift of Life has been working on a massive statewide effort to add one million names to the Michigan Organ Donor Registry by the end of 2010. Botsford Hospital is one of the organizations dedicated to helping increase the organ donor numbers.
Michigan is behind most of the nation in the percentage of licensed drivers signed up on the state’s official database of people who wish to someday become organ donors. A key reason for this is that many people still think they need to sign the back of their driver’s license to register. The law changed in 2007, requiring residents to add their names to an official, confidential state database.
Heather Glover, Botsford Hospital’s Gift of Life champion, says, “Botsford Hospital is working to educate the community as well as our employees about the changes in registering and the importance of organ donation. Organ and tissue donation can save and improve lives of thousands of people in our community, around Michigan and across the U.S. Joining the donor registry gives hope to those in need of organ and tissue transplants while leaving a legacy of generosity for the donor.”
Each organ donor can save up to eight lives, and each tissue donor can improve the lives of up to 50 people. In 2009, the generosity of Michigan organ donors resulted in 864 transplants and saved hundreds of lives. As of September 1, there are 3,000 people waiting for a transplant.
Registration is simple. Log on to www.giftoflifemichigan.org and click on “Become a Donor.” When asked “where did you hear about organ donation,” be sure to select “hospital” and then select “Botsford Hospital” from the drop down list. Follow the link to the Michigan organ donor registry and enter your information. Click submit to become a registered organ donor. Please be sure to have your Michigan driver’s license or state identification card available to register
Glover says, “There is no greater gift you can share than the gift of life.”
Beaumont Health is a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. As one of Beaumont Health's eight hospitals, 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, a comprehensive care cancer center and an extensive medical education program---part of Michigan State University's Statewide Campus System. Annually, Botsford cares for about 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of approximately 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and 600 physicians.
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