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March 29, 2022  |  News Category: Hospital News



Scotland Memorial Hospital has a long history of supporting organ, tissue, and eye donation. By supporting donors, their families, recipients, and those waiting, our work makes the gift of life possible for nearly 3,000 who currently wait for a life-saving organ transplant in North Carolina. The gift of tissue and eye donation heals thousands more in North Carolina and across the U.S.


To kick off National Donate Life Month in April, Scotland Health will join HonorBridge and dozens of other hospitals on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 to Pause to Give life -a Donate Life flag-raising ceremony and moment of silence. This remarkable event honors donors, their families, recipients, and those waiting while promoting the mission to raise awareness of the need for organ, tissue, and eye donors and the importance of registering your donation decision on your driver's license or registering online


“Becoming an organ donor is as simple as checking a box,” said, Chinna Hale, Scotland Health director of acute inpatient care services.  “It’s remarkable that such a small act is such a significant and selfless gift that could potentially benefit or even save lives.  This celebration will honor those who made that sacrifice while also encouraging others to register as organ, eye, and tissue donors.”


Guests are invited to begin gathering at 10:00 a.m. around the circle at the Scotland Memorial Hospital front entrance.  The ceremony will begin with a brief welcome and at 10:08 a.m., there will be a 30-second moment of silence.  The time, 10:08, represents one of the primary messages of National Donate Life Month, that one (1) donor can save eight (8) lives.  The duration of 30 seconds represents the over 3,000 individuals currently waiting for an organ transplant in North Carolina.


Speakers at the ceremony will include a donor recipient as well as other special guests and Scotland Health staff.  Following the ceremony, guests are invited to join the Scotland Health staff for light refreshments and fellowship.