Hurley Memorial Wall honors organ donors

FLINT — The families of Michigan organ donors will be among those attending the unveiling of a new Memory Wall at Hurley Medical Center on Jan. 18 at 10 a.m.

The special ceremony will take place in the Main Lobby of Hurley Medical Center. The memorial wall, the first of its kind in the region, will include photos of organ donors, and will be located in the corridor adjacent to Hurley Medical Center’s chapel on the Ground Floor.

“We are so honored to have such a special wall, recognizing the organ donors whose lives live on, thanks to their amazing gift. The work Hurley does collaboratively with organ donation is a strong testament to the clinical excellence and education we do here, around the clock,” according to Melany Gavulic, RN, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer at Hurley Medical Center.

“Hurley Medical Center’s new donor memorial wall is a beautiful tribute to organ, eye and tissue donors who gave new life so others can live,” said Richard Pietroski, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan, the state’s only federally designated organ recovery organization. “The wall also is a reminder to us all that we have the power to heal lives.”

The Gift of Life Foundation, a separate organization that supports Gift of Life’s mission, provided the funding for this project, which reflects the collaboration between Hurley Medical Center, Gift of Life and all of our donation partners. It gives hope to the nearly 3,100 more than 3,000 people in Michigan and the 116,800 people 115,000 nationwide who need a life- saving organ transplant.

Hurley Medical Center was among the hospitals recognized nationally in October, 2012 for outstanding accomplishments in organ donation. Medals of Honor are granted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In past years, Hurley Medical Center has won multiple U.S. Organ Donation Medals of Honor from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and has also received the Shining Star Award from Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land for exemplary leadership and outstanding work in promoting organ and tissue donation.

Hurley’s work with Gift of Life is helping save lives. In 2012, 269 organ donors provided 792 organs to waiting recipients in Michigan. On average, 17 Michigan patients receive an organ transplant each week. One organ donor can save up to eight lives; one tissue donor can transform the lives of up to 50 people.

To join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and get a red heart emblem for your Michigan drivers’ license or state ID, go to G.G.

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