Donate Life flag at Trinitas

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Donate Life flag flies at Trinitas

Trinitas Regional Medical Center raised the NJ Sharing Network Donate Life Flag along side the American Flag on August 31 in honor of a patient whose family gave the "gift of life" through organ and tissue donation. Trinitas honors donors and their families by raising the Donate Life Flag whenever an organ or tissue donor gives life-saving or life-enhancing gifts to others.

Mary McTigue, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, said "These donations show the depth of compassion of donor families amidst their grief. Trinitas is extremely proud to be part of this life-saving effort and expresses both sincere sympathy and deep gratitude to every family that makes the choice to donate organs or tissues."

Oscar Colon, RN, CPTC, NJ Sharing Network Clinical Donation Specialist at Trinitas, emphasizes what the Donate Life Flag means. "By raising the Donate Life Flag, hospitals acknowledge the gift of life, recognize the impact of the decision made, and create a sense of community that is very meaningful to donor families," Seeing the flag displayed has a great impact on the organ donor's family and the hospital staff. Colon explains, "In one instance, a family had already left the hospital when they became aware that there was a flag being raised in honor of their loved one. When they drove back to the hospital to see the flag, it was a very emotional experience for them. Later in the day, the family returned with more family and friends. They were extremely grateful that the hospital and NJ Sharing Network took the time to honor their loved one as a hero."

Trinitas is among several New Jersey hospitals that fly the Donate Life Flag. More than just an ordinary flag, the Donor Flag is a symbol of honor and respect that pays tribute to those who are organ and tissue donors.

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About Trinitas Regional Medical Center
Trinitas Regional Medical Center (TRMC), a major center for comprehensive health services for those who live and work in Central New Jersey, is a Catholic teaching medical center sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth in partnership with Elizabethtown Healthcare Foundation. With 10 Centers of Excellence across the continuum of care, Trinitas has distinguished itself in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, renal care, nursing education, diabetes management, wound healing and sleep medicine.

Posted: September 14, 2015

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