March 22, 2012
Hudson, FL — Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that during national donate life month (April) it is launching a campaign to “Give Hope. Give Life” through donations.
During this month Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is encouraging physicians, staff and volunteers to become an organ donor by signing up on Florida’s donor registry by visiting www.DonateLifeFlorida.org and follow the simple steps on that website. Those who volunteer to become organ donors through this announcement should also indicate their affiliation with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in the “heard about us” section so that RMCBP can track the number of people that they inspired.
More than 113,000 people in the United States are awaiting the Gift of Life through organ donations. Nearly 4,000 of those waiting are friends and neighbors in Florida. One person can potentially save eight lives through organ donation. There is no financial cost to the donor’s family and donation is supported by all major religions.
Other interesting facts:
- People of all ages should consider themselves potential donors. Nationally one in ten donors is over age 65.
- Doctors who treat patients at the time of death are not involved in the donation process. Every effort is made to save a life before donation can be considered.
- It is a federal crime to buy or sell organs in the United States.
- 113,000 people await a life-saving organ transplant; 4,000 in Florida alone. More than 29% of those waiting are African American
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is planning on producing a video that would take photos and videos of employees who volunteer to participate sharing their donation decisions. Participation would be on a voluntary basis and only employees who are comfortable with participating would do so. The plan is for photos and short video clips to be put into a montage with music and could be used to promote and heighten the profile of donations throughout the hospital and potentially the community, through social media and web sharing. Members of the public are also invited to participate. Again, there will be no pressure.
For more information go to www.DonateLifeFlorida.org.
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