Honoring Life Through Our Commitment to Organ Donation
Dec 20, 2019 | St. Francis News
A Message from Eleanor Ramirez, Interim President and CEO of St. Francis Medical Center
The holidays are here and with New Year’s just a couple weeks away, I wanted to share that we again will be showing our support for organ donation at the annual Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1. On behalf of St. Francis Medical Center, Derek Drake, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNML, CNL, SFMC Chief Nursing Officer, inscribed a message on a vial for a rose that will be placed on the 2020 Donate Life Rose Parade float, “Light in the Darkness.”
I am very proud of our health care team’s commitment to supporting organ donation. It is one of the ways we express our compassion and respect for the patients in our care and the dignity we hold for the sanctity of life. Organ donation connects people of all ages, cultures, and genders. Organ donation doesn’t see race, religion, or economic status. It speaks to the oneness of our being and our connection and commonality as humans.
From January to November 2019, St. Francis Medical Center helped to facilitate the donation of 58 organs from 21 donors, and tissue donations, such as bones, corneas, heart valves, blood vessels, and skin, from 47 donors. These numbers translate directly into lives saved, quality of life improved, and families having a future.
During this time, we also initiated our Honor Walk, which calls together our SFMC team and gives us the opportunity to pay a final tribute to patients who have chosen to gift their organs to others in need. In addition, the hospital is collaborating for a second year with its organ donation partner, OneLegacy, in the “Let Life Bloom” campaign to actively promote donor registration in the coming months.
Organ donation touches the hearts and emotions of caregivers, staff, patients, and patients’ family members. I want to thank our nurses, physicians, and staff who respectfully and compassionately work with our organ donor patients and their loved ones. Through the care we extend, we live our mission and we honor life.