Green Bay – At 10:08 a.m. on Monday, April 1, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center will participate in the statewide Donate Life Wisconsin Flag-Raising Ceremony and Moment of Silence to honor organ, tissue and eye donors and their families.
Donate Life Wisconsin created this event in 2018 as a statewide observance to occur annually on the first Monday morning of April, marking the start of National Donate Life month. The flag-raising will begin at 10:08 a.m. to highlight the fact that one donor can save eight lives, and will be followed by a moment of silence for 1 minute and 14 seconds to recognize the nearly 114,000 patients waiting for a life-saving transplant. Of those patients, nearly 2,000 are right here in Wisconsin.
The local media is invited to attend the ceremony at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, 835 S. Van Buren St. in Green Bay. Those interested should meet Angela Deja, Public Relations Coordinator, in the Webster Avenue lobby entrance of the hospital at 9:55 a.m. Angela will then escort media to the flag-raising location ahead of the 10:08 a.m. start time. Media can park in the lot that is along Webster Ave., directly across the street from the Webster Ave. entrance of the hospital. Contact Angela at (715) 271-7707 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Wisconsin Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation Facts:
Anyone age 15 and a half or older can register as a donor regardless of age, health, gender or ethnic or racial background.
Nearly 3 million, or almost 60 percent of those eligible, have said “Yes” and registered as organ, tissue and eye donors on Wisconsin’s Donor Registry.
There were nearly 150 living kidney and liver donors, more than 200 deceased organ donors, more than 900 tissue donors and more than 1,500 eye donors in 2018.
Nearly 800 organs were transplanted and more than 700 recipients received the gift of hope with an organ transplant in 2018.
HSHS St. Vincent and St. Mary’s hospital partners – HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls — will also participate in the statewide Donate Life Flag-Raising Ceremony and Moment of Silence on April 1.
About HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center have been delivering quality health care to Green Bay and its surrounding communities since 1888. With HSHS St. Vincent being the largest tertiary care hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s location on Green Bay’s west side, patients from Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan benefit from a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, emergency and trauma care, preventive care across the lifespan, digestive health, orthopedic, cardiac care, neurosciences, rehabilitation and pediatrics. Affiliates of Hospital Sisters Health System, the hospitals primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of competent and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. Both hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org/. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org/.