CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center Honors Organ Donors and Recipients with Blessing and Flag-raising April 07, 2015

As part of a national initiative, CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center (CSRH – MC) and its doctors, nurses, leadership, and Associates are honoring the hundreds of thousands of donors and recipients whose lives have been forever affected by organ, eye, and tissue donations. Today, CSRH – MC will raise the Donate Life flag and fly it throughout the month of April to raise awareness for organ and tissue registration, as part of Donate Life America: Flags Across America.

“I cannot tell you how thankful I am for organ donor programs,” said Debra Aparicio, a San Antonio resident who was given an extra lease on life after a successful lung transplant. Aparicio had been diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or hardening of the lungs, and given approximately three years to live. “Words cannot express my gratitude to the family of the San Antonio donor who allowed me to breathe deeply once again, and enjoy my four children and family,” Aparicio added.

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center is joined by the other Hospitals within CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Health System, which are raising Donate Life flags and having similar ceremonies in San Antonio and New Braunfels.

“CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center proudly became the first hospital in the city of San Antonio to raise the Donate Life Flag. We’re proud that all CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospitals--as well as other hospitals in the city--were inspired by our actions and have joined in this endeavor,” said Chris Bowe, FACHE, President and Administrator, CSRH – MC.

The Donate Life Texas organ donor registry started in 2006 and celebrated its seven-millionth registration in early 2015, making it among the fastest growing registries in the country. Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TOSA) is one of 58 federally designated Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) in the United States. Founded in 1975 as a not-for-profit corporation, TOSA covers 56 counties in Central and South Texas.

“A record 500 people received a life-saving organ transplant in 2014, thanks to 134 selfless donors from Central and South Texas,” said TOSA’s Chief Executive Officer, Patrick J. Giordano, MHA, FACHE. Individuals who are considering organ, eye, and tissue donation can do so through the website, DonateLifeTexas.org.

The website also provides legal, first-person authorization for organs to be donated upon death, removing the burden of decision-making from the family during an already difficult time.

“A single organ and tissue donor can save and heal the lives of more than 50 people,” Giordano said. “Today’s event is another manner in which CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital – Medical Center continues to showcase its leadership in the community as well as extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ,” said Bowe.