Jan. 24: "Exceptional" Year for Organ Donation
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not” -- Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss’s words are clearly reflected by your commitment to support organ donation at Banner Good Samaritan. Thanks to each of your contributions and the support of Donor Network of Arizona in 2013. I want to specifically thank Gail Farrell, our in-house coordinator, who worked tirelessly to ensure we have the right systems in place to play an essential role in the 492 lives saved through Arizona organ donation last year.
Here’s more information from Gail on organ donation:
As health care professionals, we are tasked with the basic, yet irrevocably essential responsibility to heal. At BGSMC, we have developed programs and built relationships with other health care organizations to best fulfill this mission. One such partnership is with Donor Network of Arizona (DNA), the nonprofit, organ-procurement organization for Arizona and a tissue and ocular recovery organization. BGSMC has worked with DNA for many years to coordinate the recovery and transplantation of many life-saving organs to those desperately in need.
2013 was an exceptional year: 492 lives were saved through the generosity of Arizona organ donors. This is the highest number in the state’s history and thousands more were healed through tissue and ocular donations. This does not include the many family members and friends touched by donation when their loved one received the gift of life, mobility or sight. BGSMC plays an important role in the donation process, and the amazing teamwork demonstrated by the BGSMC and DNA staff contributed greatly to this success.
It was also an outstanding year for BGSMC Transplant Services. DNA and Arizona hospitals’ have successfully improved policies and practices; built strong partnerships and created the opportunity to save and heal more lives. This collaboration helped BGSMC Transplant Services perform a greater number of transplants; bringing hope to those still waiting for the gift of life.
Through our collaboration with DNA, we have continued to fulfill our mission to heal.
Steve Narang, MD, is the chief executive officer at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center.