On Wednesday, October 10, Orange Regional Medical Center will be taking part in the 4th Annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day, organized by LiveOnNY, a nonprofit, federally designated organ procurement organization (OPO) dedicated to saving lives, providing comfort, and strengthening legacies through organ, eye, and tissue donation. The event is open to the public. An information and donor enrollment booth will be set up near the cafeteria on the ground floor at Orange Regional Medical Center located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
A New Yorker dies every 18 hours while waiting for an organ transplant. While a recent study showed that 92% of New Yorkers support organ and tissue donation, just 32% of New Yorkers are registered as organ donors. The goal of Organ Donor Enrollment Day is to drive that number up and potentially save lives, by enrolling as many willing New Yorkers as organ donors as possible in a single day.
“We want people to know that a single organ donor can save up to eight lives,” said Kathy Bermo, RN, Nursing Director, Intensive Care Services and Orange Regional’s 2018 Organ Donor Enrollment Champion. “We’re pleased to be working with LiveOnNY as part of this lifesaving movement. Hopefully, our event will generate some registrations and help New York continue its five-year run as one of the Top 10 fastest growing organ donor registries in the U.S.”
The Orange Regional event will be open to the public and does not require pre-registration. Orange Regional staff will be on hand to assist and everyone who enrolls as an organ donor will receive a free gift. Anyone wishing to become an organ or tissue donor can also register online at www.Registerme.org/EnrollmentDay