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Parkview LaGrange receives award for efforts to raise organ donor awareness

Parkview LaGrange Hospital recently joined more than 200 hospitals and health systems nationwide and the Indiana Donor Network in the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign, sponsored by the Division of Transplantation, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

During the campaign, which ran from May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016, Parkview LaGrange Hospital and five other Parkview hospitals earned platinum status by hosting enrollment events and activities aimed at registering organ donors and raising awareness of the importance of organ donation.

“One donor can save as many as eight lives and greatly improve the lives of another 50,” said Jordi Disler, president of Parkview LaGrange Hospital. “Although April is National Donate Life Month, the need for donors is continuous. I encourage each of you to hold those crucial conversations with your loved ones about organ donation.”

“Each week, more than 150 people on the national transplant waiting list die because a lifesaving organ is not available,” said Mike GeRue, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Parkview Heart Institute and co-chair of Parkview Regional Medical Center’s donor council. “Parkview is dedicated to lowering that statistic by educating and registering people, and ultimately saving lives.”

“We’re grateful for statewide partners like Parkview Health because hospitals serve as important advocates for organ, tissue and eye donation,” said Kellie Hanner, president and chief executive officer of the Indiana Donor Network. “The platinum level of recognition is the highest level of achievement in the Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Campaign and it demonstrates a true commitment to not only sharing the lifesaving and healing message of donation and transplantation, but also to giving Hoosiers the information they need to make informed decisions about donation.”

Every day, more people are added to the national organ transplant waiting list, which is already about 120,000. Thousands of others whose lives would benefit from the gift of organ, eye or tissue donations continue to wait and hope. Register to be an organ, eye or tissue donor at www.indiana donornetwork.org.