TriStar Centennial April 10, 2017

April is National Donate Life Month and TriStar Centennial Medical Center is joining Tennessee Donor Services to honor transplant recipients as well as celebrating individuals that have given the gift of life through donation.

Every ten minutes, a person is added to the national transplant waiting list. There are over 118,000 people waiting for an organ, with over 97,000 of those on the list in need of a kidney.[a]

"Patients may wait years for a deceased donor organ and spend that time on dialysis to prolong kidney function," said Dr. Clarence Foster, MD, surgical director of organ transplant at TriStar Centennial. "TriStar Centennial is committed to educating the community on living organ donations to ensure that transplant patients receive the best match possible. We thank all donors for their humanitarian and selfless act of giving."

A Donate Life Flag Raising Ceremony and Reception will take place at TriStar Centennial outside of the TriStar Centennial Heart and Vascular Center on Wednesday, April 19 at 2 PM. TriStar Centennial Heart and Vascular Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.

This special event is part of Flags Across America, a Donate Life initiative through which hundreds of hospitals across the country deliver a vivid and unified national message by the simple raising of a Donate Life flag in honor of both donors and recipients.

The flag will be flown throughout the month of April.

For more information or to RSVP, please call (615) 342-5624.

[a] Statistic taken from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.