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April is National Donate Life Month

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April 10, 2017

April is National Donate Life Month

Donate Life flag

     Saratoga Hospital Honors Organ and Tissue Donors
                       by Raising Donate Life Flag

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK, April 10, 2017 – Saratoga Hospital will be flying the Donate Life flag for the duration of National Donate Life Month, a month-long celebration held every April that showcases the lifesaving benefits of donation and encourages New Yorkers to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Donor Registry.

The intent of the flag is to celebrate the heroic decision to donate life, but also to raise awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation. Hospital employees will also participate in National Wear Blue and Green Day, held on April 21, 2017. In addition to raising the Donate Life flag for the month of April, every time there is an organ or tissue donation at the Saratoga Hospital, a flag is raised for one week to honor the donor and family.

More than 10,000 New Yorkers are currently waiting for a life-saving organ transplant; one person who donates may impact the lives of 12 others in need. To register as a donor or for more information about how to get involved, please visit the Center for Donation and Transplant’s website at donatelifecdt.org.

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About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. With a medical staff of more than 450 providers, the hospital offers care in a broad range of medical specialties at more than 20 locations including its Wilton campus and the Saratoga Medical Park at Malta. The Saratoga Hospital Medical Group ensures easy access to services that can have the greatest impact on both individual and community health. In keeping with its emphasis on quality, Saratoga Hospital was the first in the Capital Region to earn Magnet designation for nursing excellence. On Jan. 1, 2017, Saratoga Hospital finalized its affiliation with Albany Medical Center, joining Columbia Memorial Health in creating a regionally integrated, locally governed healthcare system. For more information: www.saratogahospital.org or www.facebook.com/SaratogaHospital.

About The Center for Donation & Transplant: The Center for Donation & Transplant facilitates organ and tissue donation in northeastern New York and western Vermont.  CDT ensures that the option of donation is offered to families in an informative and compassionate manner, and provides long-term support and comfort to families and hospital personnel involved in the donation process. http://www.cdtny.org/get-informed/ny-vt-registry/

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Peter M. Hopper
Saratoga Hospital
Director, Marketing & Communications
518-583-8679
phopper@saratogahospital.org

 
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