Hospital flies national Donate Life flag

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BRIDGTON — Bridgton Hospital is honoring National Donate Life Month, celebrated in April, by flying the Donate Life flag in the hospital rotunda.

”Across the United States, more then 5,000 such flags are being flown, in 39 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico,” said Jill Rollins, RN, manager of the Inpatient Unit, and Pamela Crawford, RN, manager of the Emergency Department, Bridgton Hospital liaisons to the New England Organ Bank.

Rollins and Crawford said Donate Life America initiated the Flags Across America Program during National Donate Life Month as a symbol to the American public of how many people have been touched by donation and to call attention to the need for more people to designate themselves as donors. Flags are being flown at donor hospitals, transplant centers, donation agencies and motor vehicle departments.

Crawford noted, “Laws that oversee donation vary from state to state, so it is important for you to know how to ensure your decision to be a donor is carried out. As a resident of Maine, you can register online to be an organ and tissue donor with the New England Donor Registry at www.DonateLifeNewEngland.org. Maine does not require family consent to carry out your decision to be an organ, eye or tissue donor. However, keeping everyone informed will help avoid any confusion or delays.”

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For details contact Crawford or Rollins at Bridgton Hospital, 647-6000.

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