SPARTANBURG — Marching bands, horses and floats brightly decorated with flowers celebrated the New Year with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.
In support of organ donation, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) was part of 2016’s “America’s “New Year’s Day Celebration” in California.
SRHS leaders Anita Butler, Tony Kouskolekas and Paul Newhouse participated in the Donate Life Rose Parade Float CEO Rose Dedication Program. The Dedication Program provides hospital leaders the opportunity to leave a handwritten dedication in honor of organ and tissue donors on the 2016 Donate Life float.
Donate Life South Carolina’s mission is to increase the supply of organs and tissues for transplantation and provide assistance for South Carolina transplant recipients. Donate Life helps support and educate families at an emotionally devastating time, so they are better able to make well-informed decisions about organ and tissue donation.
Here’s Why We Support Organ Donation
Organ and tissue donation is the process of recovering organs and tissues from a deceased person and transplanting them into others in order to save or enhance the lives of those in need. Up to eight lives can be saved through organ donation from just one donor, and another 50 lives may be improved through tissue donation.
There are currently more than 1,000 people in South Carolina, and more than 108,000 in the U.S. on waiting lists for a donated organ. Each year, approximately 6,000 people die waiting for an organ transplant that would have given them a second chance at life.
In addition, hundreds of thousands of people benefit each year from donated tissue that is used for life-saving purposes. The most commonly transplanted organs are the kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas and small intestines.
For more information on how you can be a donor or sign up for donations, visit DonateLifeSC.org.
About Spartanburg Regional Health System
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through four hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center, Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care and Union Medical Center. SRHS also includes Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, 113-bed long-term care, skilled nursing facility that offers nursing care and rehabilitation services. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina in 2014-15. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.
Tony Kouskolekas, President of Pelham Medical Center for the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, was one of the SRHS leaders who participated in the Donate Life Rose Parade Float CEO Rose Dedication Program. The Dedication Program provided hospital leaders the opportunity to leave a handwritten dedication in honor of organ and tissue donors on the 2016 Donate Life float.
This story was submitted by the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.