LOVELOCK – Pershing General Hospital has joined with its partner organ and tissue donation organization Nevada Donor Network in the National Hospital Organ Donation Campaign sponsored by the Division of Transplantation, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This campaign challenges hospitals to educate employees, patients, visitors, and the community about the crucial need for organ, eye, and tissue donation. The campaign, which has helped to register nearly 400,000 people to state registries, aims to add more donor designations by May 2017.

Every day new people are added to the national organ transplant waiting list of nearly 120,000 people whose lives depend on an organ transplant. This week more than 150 of them will die because not enough organs are available. Thousands of others whose lives would benefit from the gift of eye and tissue donation continue to wait and hope.

“Pershing General Hospital is proud to be a part of this national effort,” said hospital Chief Executive Officer Patricia Bianchi. “We urge everyone in the community to consider registering to be a donor. There is no greater gift you can give than the gift of life to someone in need.”

Pershing General Hospital will help educate the community about donation and aims to add new organ donor designations to the state registry to contribute to the national goal and to earn national recognition from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for conducting activities that promote enrollment in state organ donor registries. Pershing General Hospital was awarded with bronze level recognition for their efforts in the last phase of the campaign.

For more information about organ, eye and tissue donation, and to register to be a donor hero, please visit www.nvdonor.org.