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Published on April 04, 2013

April is National Donate Life Month

APRIL 1, 2013 CONTACT: Linda Lewis-Moors
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UHS Community Relations Dept

UHS Supports National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month, a time when local health care providers join donor recovery networks and eye and tissue banks along with state and national health care organizations to educate the public about the importance of tissue and organ donation and how they can become donors.  It is also a time when organizations honor organ and tissue donors for their selfless acts to improve and save the lives of others. UHS plays a large role locally, raising awareness and assisting with community events, in addition to providing support for donation services and families of donors.  All four UHS hospitals, UHS Wilson Medical Center, UHS Binghamton General Hospital, UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital and UHS Delaware Valley Hospital, are members of their region’s donor recovery networks and tissue banks.

Organ  and tissue donation coordinators at UHS remind everyone that organ and tissue donation is not just about the recipients.  It is first and foremost about helping families who are grieving the loss of a loved one, supporting those families and providing them the opportunity to do something positive at a time when so much has gone wrong in their lives. “We at UHS are committed to supporting and nurturing these grief-stricken families.” 

UHS hospitals in Binghamton and Walton participate in the annual “Donate Life” month by flying the “Donate Life” flag throughout the month of April.  In addition, when there is a donor, the hospital contacts the donor family to inform them when a “Donate Life” flag will be flown for a week in honor of their loved one.  After that time, the flag is cleaned and packaged and sent to the donor’s family as a memorial tribute. 

Become a donor by enrolling in the New York State Donate Life Registry at: or through the Department of Motor Vehicles when applying for or renewing a driver’s license or non-driver identification card. 

UHS is a locally owned, not-for-profit, 916-bed hospital and health care system serving the Greater Binghamton region and the I-88 corridor. Founded in 1981, UHS provides a full range of medical, surgical, rehabilitative and long-term care services from more than 60 locations around New York’s Southern Tier.

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