NEW BRUNSWICK – The NJ Sharing Network, in partnership with Donate Life America, presented Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s President and CEO Stephen K. Jones with a dedication rose that will be featured on the Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade on Jan. 1 in Los Angeles, Calif.
“Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is proud to support the gift of life!” reads the handwritten message from Jones in honor of the patients and families who have saved lives through organ, eye, and tissue donations.
So far in 2013, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is the leader in transplants in New Jersey. According to the Organ Procurement Transplant Network (OPTN) and NJ Sharing Network, so far in 2013, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s transplant center has performed over 50 organ transplants. It has also had 8 organ donors resulting in 23 lives saved as well as over 1200 lives saved through tissue and eye donation alone. “This impressive data makes Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital one of the leading donation and transplantation hospitals in New Jersey,” says Paula A. Gutierrez, MHA, Hospital Services Manager with the NJ Sharing Network.
His message will be included on the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade, which is viewed by 40 million Americans, 800,000 parade spectators, and viewers in 150 countries.
The Donate Life float design is a “Dedication Garden” filled with thousands of roses, each placed in a vial carrying a unique message from an individual, family or organization for the world to see.
The Donate Life float originally was envisioned by a lung recipient who wished to thank organ, eye and tissue donors for their gifts of life. It has grown into a national tradition featuring dozens of participants each year, including riders who have received transplants, walkers who are living kidney donors and deceased donors memorialized in “Floragraph” portraits integrated into the float’s design. This venue exhibits how hospitals across the country make life-saving and healing benefits of organ, eye, and tissue donation possible.
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