Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth Celebrates Donate Life Month

Lisa Bergendahl, BSN, CCRN, Director of Critical Care and Respiratory Therapy at BID-Plymouth.

PLYMOUTH, MA — Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth held a flag-raising ceremony to recognize National Donate Life Month. The ceremony celebrates all those who gave the gift of life to others by choosing to be an organ donor.

National Donate Life Month is observed every April as a way to encourage more people to become organ, eye and tissue donors and to recognize those who have donated organs. BID-Plymouth works in collaboration with the New England Donor Services, the area’s local designated Organ Procurement Organization, to provide a second chance at life for individuals in need of an organ for transplant.

“Four organ donations have been orchestrated at BID-Plymouth over the past 10 years. This is due to the commitment of staff and also the generosity of families,” said Lisa Bergendahl, Director of BID-Plymouth’s Critical Care Center.  “These donors have saved 17 lives with the gift of transplantation.  Additionally, more than 200 tissue donations have been made enhancing countless lives.”

The need for organ donors across the country remains significant. According to Donate Life America, there are currently more than 116,000 men, women and children on the national transplant waiting list. 22 people die each day waiting for a transplant.

This flag raising represents so many lives and stories here at BID- Plymouth, young and old.  Some stories touched with sadness, and some full of joy.  True legacies of life and love that we will honor not only today, but in the years to come. The Donate Life flag will fly outside of BID-Plymouth all month long as well as each month an organ donation takes place.

To become an organ donor, register at registerme.org and to learn more about organ, eye, tissue and living donation, visit DonateLife.net.

About BID-Plymouth
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth is a not-for-profit organization serving 12 towns in Plymouth and Barnstable Counties. BID-Plymouth is part of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center family of hospitals. Established in 1901 as Jordan Hospital, BID-Plymouth is a full-service, 164-bed acute care community hospital accredited by The Joint Commission, the College of American Pathologists, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and the American College of Radiology.

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