CHH Raises Flag to Promote Organ Donation

Caregivers at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) joined New England Donor Services and members of the public for a recent flag raising ceremony and awareness day as part of a national hospital organ donation campaign aimed at spreading awareness about the crucial need for organ, eye, and tissue donation.Donate Life Flag 17

Winsted resident Mike Shea did the honors by raising a new “Donate Life” flag on the hospital’s main campus flagpole that now flies alongside the American and Connecticut State flag. Mike’s wife Susan Shea is currently seeking a kidney donor and attended the event with her husband and shared her story. Susan has a Facebook page – search “Team Suzaloo” to learn more and spread the word about her current search for a kidney donor.

Several attendees came to honor the memory of their loved ones who in their final act of kindness improved the lives of many others throughout the world through their donation.After the ceremony attendees joined others in the CHH cafeteria for refreshments and organ, eye and tissue donation information and registration. Several people stopped by to place their names on the donor registry.

“Springtime is a perfect time for Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and New England Donor Services to come together to celebrate those who have participated and registered in this lifesaving organ and tissue donation program.” said Hospital Spokesman Tim LeBouthillier. “We encourage individuals to register as donors. It is a very meaningful program and we are so pleased to partner with our colleagues at New England Donor Services to help fulfill the wishes of individuals and family members who want to make lifesaving donations to those in need.”

The organ and tissue donation process is complex and requires the coordinated efforts of many individuals. Doctors, nurses and other hospital staff work with LifeChoice to honor a patient’s decision to donate. Visit registerme.org or www.lifechoiceOPO.org for more

New England Donor Services is an affiliation of two federally designated Organ Procurement Organizations: LifeChoice Donor Services and New England Organ Bank. Together, the organizations coordinate the recovery of donated organs and tissues at nearly 200 hospitals to provide life-saving and life-enhancing transplants to patients in need.

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.

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Winsted resident Mike Shea raises a new “Donate Life” flag on the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s main campus to honor those whose organ donations have helped save lives.

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