Donate Life: Southeast Georgia Health System Encourages Community to Register as an Organ Donor
Did you know that one organ and tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of up to 75 people? More than 112,000 people in the United States await the gift of life through organ donation, and over 4,900 of those people are our friends and neighbors in Georgia. April is Donate Life Month, the month long celebration that commemorates those who have received or continue to wait for lifesaving transplants as well as the donors who save and heal lives. In participation of this national effort to increase awareness, Southeast Georgia Health System encourages all Georgians to join their state’s organ and tissue donor registry.
“Thousands of people are alive or living better lives today, thanks to an organ or tissue transplant,” says Jan Jones, R.N., BSN, director, Patient Care Services, Southeast Georgia Health System. “Without selfless organ donors, thousands of people – many who live among us – will die. During this pandemic when so many of us feel powerless, becoming a donor gives us the power to save lives.”
Residents can join Georgia’s organ and tissue donor registry in a variety of ways:
- Visit DonateLifeGeorgia.
- When obtaining/renewing a driver’s license or identification card at a local driver’s license office.
- When obtaining a hunting, fishing or trapping license through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
- Call Donate Life Georgia directly at 1-866-57-SHARE (1-866-577-4273) and request a registry card.
LifeLink of Georgia is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to the recovery of organs and tissues for transplantation. Visit LifeLinkFoundation.org or call 800-544-6667 with questions about organ and tissue donation.
About Southeast Georgia Health System
Southeast Georgia Health System is a not-for-profit health system comprised of two acute care hospitals, two long term care facilities, three immediate care centers, five family medicine centers and numerous employed physician practices. The Health System has multiple outpatient specialty care centers, including the only CyberKnife® M6 Program in Georgia, and a Cancer Care Center accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The Health System is part of Coastal Community Health, a regional affiliation between Baptist Health and Southeast Georgia Health System forming a highly integrated hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. For more information, visit sghs.org.