Penrose-St. Francis Health Services And Donor Alliance Honor Tissue Donor in Flag Raising Ceremony

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.)Each year, countless lives are saved and improved through a generous gift of life: organ, eye and tissue donation.Penrose-St. Francis Health Services will hold a flag raising ceremony Thursday, April 21, to honor a tissue donors gift of life and observe April as National Donate Life Month. The ceremony will be held in collaboration with Donor Alliance, a federally designated nonprofit that facilitates organ and tissue donation in Colorado and Wyoming.

The flag raising ceremony will be conducted by Penrose-St. Francis Chaplain Theresa Gregoire. Attendees will include family of a tissue donor who died on April 21, 2015, and a transplant recipient whose life was saved. There will be a Donation Designation Station with cake from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. open to the public.

The ceremony will begin promptly at 11 a.m. at the flag pole by the main entrance to Penrose Hospital, 2222 N. Nevada Ave. Please contact Chris Valentine at (719)776-5295 for all media inquiries.

During National Donate Life Month, Penrose-St. Francis and Donor Alliance work together to raise awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation and its lifesaving impact. We are proud to honor and celebrate those that have given the amazing gift of life after their deaths. Penrose-St. Francis collaborates with Donor Alliance to provide families who have lost a loved one with the opportunity to save and improve the lives of others through donation.

In 2015, 134 families in Colorado gave the gift of life through organ donation and 1,674 gave the lifesaving and healing gift of tissue donation. Just one donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation and save or heal more than 50 lives through eye and tissue donation. In Colorado and Wyoming alone, more than 2,700 people are on the waiting list for a lifesaving organ transplant and more than 120,000 are waiting nationwide. A new name is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes.

For more information on Donor Alliance, visit www.donoralliance.org.

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About Penrose-St. Francis Health Services
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is a full-service, 522-bed acute care facility offering a full complement of emergency, medical and surgical services. Penrose-St. Francis was named one of Americas 50 Best Hospitals nine years in a row, 2008-2016, by Healthgrades, the only recipient in southern Colorado. Penrose-St. Francis is part of Centura Health. Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 18,100 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, senior living communities, health neighborhoods, home care and hospice services, we are making the regions best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. For more information visit Penrose-St. Francis Health Services.