The Donate Life flag will fly over the Rome Memorial Hospital during April to highlight and raise awareness of National Organ Donation Month.
Helping out at the hospital’s flag unveiling were Patricia King, RN, CCM, CDMS, assistant vice-president, Continuum of Care; Dawn Bereza, RN, CCM, case manager; and Kimberly Weiler, RN, nursing supervisor. King is responsible for the hospital’s Donate Life program which Weiler coordinates. Bereza is a 2017 kidney transplant recipient. King is also a member of the Finger Lakes Donor Council.
The community is invited to participate in a Donation Registry Day, on Thursday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and also from 4 to 5 p.m. in the hospital’s cafeteria.
There will be a opening ceremony in the hospital’s main lobby at 11 a.m. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and to register anyone wishing to become an organ donor. The cafeteria is located on the basement level of Rome Memorial Hospital, 1500 N. James St. in Rome.
There are currently nearly 9,500 people on waiting lists to receive the gift of organ and tissue donation in New York state alone, according to the hospital’s program announcement. For more information on how to register as an organ donor, please visit: http://www.passlifeon.org.