Traveling “Wall of Hope” Honors Organ Donors
- July 12, 2018
Exhibit will be on display at Natividad throughout July
SALINAS, Calif. (July 3, 2018) – Natividad will host a Wall of Hope this summer in honor of organ donors and recipients. The Wall of Hope is organized by Donor Network West, the federally designated organ and tissue recovery organization for Northern California and Nevada.
The “Wall of Hope” is a 24-panel traveling display featuring stories and photos of community members affected by organ, eye, and tissue donation. It will be available for viewing from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily, July 2 to 27 in Natividad’s front lobby. The traveling exhibit first launched in California in 2012. This is the first time it has been hosted at Natividad.
Natividad executives and hospital staff along with Donor Network West representatives will kick off the exhibit at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m.
“We are pleased to join with Donor Network West in celebrating those who have received the gift of life and in honoring the donors and families who have made life possible,” said Natividad Trauma Surgeon and Co-Director of the Intensive Care Unit Dr. Andrew McCague. “We have increased the number of organ recipients at Natividad by 40 percent in recent years and remain committed to organ and tissue donation as a way to heal lives in our community.”
More than 400 people are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant in Monterey County. One donor can save the lives of up to eight people and a tissue donor can heal more than 75 others. Anyone can register as a donor at DonorNetworkWest.org or at the DMV.
This year’s exhibit is part of Natividad’s ongoing Workplace Partnership for Life campaign. Last year, Natividad received the Emerald Award from Donor Network West for its excellent collaboration and communication to ensure a cohesive organ donation process and community outreach to encourage more people to register as donors. Previously, Natividad was awarded the Silver Award from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Workplace Partnership for Life campaign, a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the organ donation community with workplaces throughout the nation to spread the word about the importance of donation.
About Donor Network West
Donor Network West saves and heals lives by facilitating organ and tissue recovery for transplantation. The organization was established in 1987, and is an official Donate Life organization accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Federally designated to serve 40 counties in northern California and Nevada, Donor Network West partners with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state-authorized donor registries.
Owned and operated by Monterey County, Natividad is a 172-bed, acute-care hospital providing health care services to county residents for more than 132 years. Based in Salinas, California, Natividad offers inpatient, outpatient, emergency, diagnostic and specialty medical care. Natividad provides more than 38,000 patient days of care each year and has more than 52,000 emergency department visits per year. Natividad is a Level II Trauma Center providing the immediate availability of specialized personnel, equipment and services to treat the most severe and critical injuries. Natividad’s Trauma Center is a vital community service locally that saves lives and eliminates the need to fly critically injured patients to a distant trauma center. It’s ranked No. 1 in newborn deliveries in Monterey County and is the only teaching hospital on the Central Coast through its affiliation with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). With a medical staff of more than 350 physicians, Natividad’s mission is to continually monitor and improve the health of the people, including the vulnerable, in Monterey County through coordinated, affordable high-quality health care. For more information, please call 831-755-4111 or visit www.natividad.com.