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.”
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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