Sparrow Hospital took third place in a six-week Gift of Life Hospital Challenge, vying against larger health systems from throughout the state to gain new organ, eye and tissue donors. The challenge brought in a total of 1,691 additions to the donor registry; Sparrow registered 241 people to the Michigan Donor Registry.
“Every name added to the registry means hope for the more than 3,300 patients waiting in our state today for a life-saving organ transplant,” said Dorrie Dils, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan, the state’s federally designated organ recovery program. “This state’s hospitals are national leaders in making the registry a priority. We value their commitment, their partnerships and their drive to save and improve lives.”
Sparrow, the regional trauma center for mid-Michigan, is among the statewide leaders in tissue and organ donations, and has worked closely with the Gift of Life to support donors and their families. One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people, and tissue donors can improve life for as many as 75.
Nationally, more than 116,000 men, women and children are on the national waiting list as of August 2017. About 33,611 transplants were performed in 2016, and 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant, according to organdonor.gov.
60 percent of Michigan’s adults are registered organ and tissue donors. You can register to become one at giftoflifemichigan.org/go/sparrow. You can also add your name to the Organ Donor Registry when you renew or replace your standard driver’s license or state ID card, online or in person at the Secretary of State.