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AGH honored for involvement with organ and tissue donation

News Release 



December 7, 2006                               Contact:           Victoria Tedeschi

Public Relations Specialist

Adventist Midwest Health



Adventist GlenOaks Hospital honored for

involvement with organ and tissue donation

Glendale Heights, IL – Four lives were saved due to Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s involvement in coordinating organ and tissue donation at the hospital, according to the Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network.

Four individuals received organ donations. They include: A 65-year-old man from Pennsylvania who received a heart; a 55-year old woman from Illinois who received a liver and left kidney; a 32-year-old Minnesota man who received the lungs; and a 63-year-old Illinois man who received the right kidney.

In addition, more than 25 lives will be helped through grafts made possible by donated tissue, which can benefit patients in a number of ways such as vein reconstruction to joint replacement.

            These transplants became possible when a 59-year-old male patient was brought to the emergency department after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage. Adventist GlenOaks Hospital staff, in cooperation with the patient’s family, arranged the donation process.

            “I am pleased with the recognition that we have received from the Gift of Hope,” said Brinsley Lewis, AGH CEO. “This is just another example of how our staff works to carry out our mission beyond the hospital’s walls.”

            More than 90,000 people are waiting for organ transplants, including more than 4,500 patients awaiting transplant at the region’s eight transplant centers. “I appreciate your ongoing support of our mission to save and enhance the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation,” wrote Jarold Anderson, Gift of Hope President/CEO.

            Area residents can learn more about organ and tissue donation by visiting a booth in the hospital’s lobby from Dec. 11-15. For more information, call 630-545-8000.