WEST HILLS, Calif. (April 8, 2015) - This April, West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is joining more than twenty Southern California hospitals and organizations promoting organ donation by displaying the “Donate Life” flag in honor of organ, eye and tissue donors.
The “Flags Across America” campaign is part of a national effort to bolster organ and tissue donor registries in April, which is National Donate Life Month. West Hills Hospital staff members are raising a flag to motivate their communities to consider the benefits of organ donation and to then join the Donate Life California Organ & Tissue Donor Registry.
Today, West Hills Hospital officially raised the flag and will continue to fly it throughout the month. By flying the Donate Life flag, the medical center is not only raising public awareness about donation but also honoring all of their past organ, eye and tissue donors who have saved or enhanced countless lives with their generous gifts. In 2014 alone, West Hills Hospital had a 100-percent organ donation conversion rate. That means all of the West Hills Hospital families approached by OneLegacy’s compassionate staff chose to honor loves ones who passed away by consenting to donation.
“Organ and tissue donation can save and improve lives right here in our community, throughout the state of California and across the nation. West Hills Hospital wants to help drive that point home with this symbolic flag,” said Douglas Long, chief executive officer for West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. “Joining the Donor Registry gives hope to those in need of organ and tissue transplants while leaving a legacy of generosity for the donor and his or her family.”
At present, more than 21,000 California residents are waiting to receive life-saving hearts, livers, lungs, kidneys and other organs. However, there are not enough donors to meet the growing need in the state, let alone the country. In fact, 18 people die every day in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant, and the national waiting list currently holds more than 123,000 people.
About West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, a full-service acute care facility, has served the West San Fernando Valley for more than 50 years. With 450 expert physicians and a staff of more than 900 that brings outstanding service to every bedside, the Hospital offers a full complement of advanced technology, compassion and responsive care for the improvement of human life. West Hills Hospital was the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in Los Angeles County, and also provides specialized care in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Outpatient Services, Cardiac Catheterization Labs and The Grossman Burn Center. For more information on Quality Care, Close to Home, visit www.WestHillsHospital.com.