A record 524,418 people joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in 2012, a 31 percent increase from 2011. As of Jan. 2, nearly 3 million people were listed on the registry. These individuals provide hope for the more than 3,000 Michigan residents on the waiting list for an organ transplant to save or improve their lives.
Michigan hospitals, in concert with the MHA Keystone Center and Gift of Life Michigan, have a longstanding commitment to improve organ donation processes and increase the number of registered donors. These efforts have contributed significantly to improving the lives of thousands of residents and have helped increase the number of people signed up for the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
Individuals can register to become an organ donor by visiting the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.
This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.