April is Donate Life Month

To recognize April as Donate Life month, many MHA-member hospitals are hosting events to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and transplantation and are continuing efforts to increase the size of the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.

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 to more than 3 million. Although nearly one million Michigan residents have registered as potential organ donors since 2011, progress can still be made in this crucial issue. Demand is high for organ recovery, as more than 3,000 Michigan residents remain on the waiting list for an organ transplant to save or improve their lives.

A Donate Life license plate has been created by the Legislature to provide funding for continued efforts to promote organ, tissue and eye donation. To buy a plate or sign up for the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, visit the Secretary of State website, or any Secretary of State branch to demonstrate the decision to donate life.

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.

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