The hospital is partnering with Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA) to encourage staff and community members to register as organ donors
The demand for vital organs is steadily increasing with one person added to the U.S. organ transplant waiting list every 10 minutes, according to organdonor.gov. While nearly 170 million people are registered donors nationally, that number only accounts for 60% of the U.S. population.
National Donate Life Blue & Green Day, April 22, aims to help boost registrations by raising awareness for the importance of organ, eye and tissue donors. One donor can save up to eight lives and improve the lives of 75 more. There is no age limit and very few health conditions can prevent one from registering.
South Texas Health System McAllen is participating in this important observance by hosting a special flag raising ceremony to honor local donors and their families. Additionally, staff and community members are encouraged to wear blue and green on that day and consider registering to become donors, if they have not yet done so. Texas Organ Sharing Alliance representatives will be on hand to share information and accept onsite registrations.
|Who:||South Texas Health System McAllen & Texas Organ Sharing Alliance|
|What:||Donate Life Flag Raising Ceremony Note: the outdoor event will adhere to social distancing|
|When:||Friday, April 22 at 10:30 a.m|
|Where:||South Texas Health System McAllen 301 W Expy. 83 McAllen, TX 78503|
About South Texas Health System
South Texas Health System is a multi-facility healthcare system serving patients throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The system includes four acute care facility campuses with specialties in pediatrics, heart and vascular services, maternity and women’s health and trauma services. Inpatient and outpatient treatment for behavioral health needs and addictive disorders is also provided through the system’s South Texas Health System Behavioral facility. South Texas Health System is affiliated with the South Texas Clinical Partners ACO, Prominence Health Plan, and Cornerstone Regional Hospital. The system operates an advanced Level II Trauma Center at South Texas Health System McAllen, the first and only freestanding children’s facility and pediatric ER at South Texas Health System Children’s, the region’s only freestanding heart hospital and specialized cardiac ER at South Texas Health System Heart, and six freestanding emergency rooms located in and around Weslaco, Mission, Edinburg, McAllen and Alamo. For more information about the system and its comprehensive services, please visit www.southtexashealthsystem.com.
Physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of South Texas Health System. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.