Charleston Area Medical Center celebrates National Donate Life Month

CAMC kicked off National Donate Life Month, April 4, with the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) by raising “Donate Life” flags at its hospitals to raise awareness about organ, tissue and cornea donation.

The statistics are staggering:

  • Nationally, more than 100,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant, including nearly 500 people in West Virginia.
  • At least 17 people die each day without receiving the transplant they so desperately need.
  • Someone is added to the transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.

National Donate Life Month also is a time to honor the generous donors and donor families whose decision to give the gift of life has provided hope and healing to many in our community.

Some important facts about organ, tissue and cornea donation:

·        Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history.

·        With more than 90,000 people across the nation awaiting a kidney, it is the organ in greatest demand, followed by liver, heart and lungs.

·        Because conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are often more prevalent in the multicultural community, these individuals make up more than 50 percent of those on the national organ transplant list.

Individuals are encouraged to talk with family members and friends about registering as a donor. One organ donor can save up to eight lives and a tissue donor can improve the lives of more than 100 others. To sign up, visit core.org/register.

About Charleston Area Medical Center Health System: Established in 1972, CAMC is a nonprofit, 1,138-bed, regional referral center made up of seven hospitals CAMC General Hospital, CAMC Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, CAMC Memorial Hospital, CAMC Plateau Medical Center, CAMC Charleston Surgical Hospital, CAMC Teays Valley Hospital and CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital, CAMC Cancer Center (with three locations: Beckley, Charleston and Hurricane), the CAMC Institute for Academic Medicine and the CAMC Foundation. More than 1,500 providers are members of the medical staff of CAMC, which is also West Virginia’s premiere medical teaching facility, hosting, on any given day, more than 1,000 students in programs leading to degrees or certifications in health professions. For more information, visit camc.org.

About Vandalia Health

Vandalia Health is a multi-state health system with locations across West Virginia as well as in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Made up of CAMC Health System, Davis Health System and Mon Health System, Vandalia Health has 17 hospitals, over 190 ambulatory locations, more than 13,000 employees and more than 2,000 doctors and advanced practice providers. For more information or a map of locations visit vandaliahealth.org.

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