Mercy Health Hospitals Recognizing April's Donate Life Month Observance

(CINCINNATI; April 4, 2016) - Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, quality, compassionate care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that its five area hospitals - Mercy Health – Anderson, Clermont, Fairfield and West Hospitals and The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health, will mark April's Donate Life Month observance together with LifeCenter Organ Donor Network.

LifeCenter serves more than two million people and works with 33 hospitals serving 16 counties throughout the Tri-State to facilitate and organ and tissue donation.

"A single donor has the potential to save the lives of eight people through organ donation and can enhance the lives of up to 50 more through tissue donation," said Michael Garfield, Mercy Health - Cincinnati Interim CEO. "Unfortunately, the waiting list for organ transplant continues to rise. Mercy Health supports the Donate Life Month observance to drive awareness of the importance of organ donation and encourages people to register as donors at donatelifeohio.org. It costs nothing to register but can mean everything to a patient in need."

A wide array of events for physicians, nurses and staff will take place to mark Donate Life Month at Mercy Health - Cincinnati Hospitals, including "wear blue and green day" and testimonial events featuring patients and staff. All hospitals will raise a Donate Life flag and two will host other events that are open to the public: 
- Mercy Health - West Hospital will have a flag raising and host a registration table to provide information and register donors from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. West Hospital is located at 3300 Mercy Health Blvd., just off North Bend Road, south of I-74 in Monfort Heights, ZIP 45211.
- Mercy Health - Clermont Hospital will have a flag raising ceremony at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 
- Mercy Health - Fairfield Hospital will have a flag raising ceremony from 11 a.m.-noon on Monday, April 18 and host a registration table providing information and registering donors the cafeteria from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23. The hospital is located at 3000 Mack Road in Fairfield, ZIP 45014.
-The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health has already raised its flag and it will be up through the month of April.
- Mercy Health - Anderson Hospital will have the Donate Life flag on display in the lobby throughout the month of April.

April’s observance caps the year-long Workplace Partnership for Life hospital campaign, which educated hospital physicians, nurses, staff, patients, visitors and community members on the critical need for organ, eye and tissue donors with the goal of increasing the number of potential donors on Ohio’s donor registry.

Mercy Health - Cincinnati makes advanced, compassionate, quality healthcare easy to help you be well in mind, body and spirit. Mercy Health – Cincinnati has been serving Greater Cincinnati for more than 160 years and provides an integrated network of leading physicians, compassionate caregivers, comprehensive services and exceptional care at more than 180 locations across the region. The Mercy Health - Cincinnati network of care includes five award-winning hospitals, senior living communities, primary care and specialty physician practices, outpatient centers, social service agencies, fitness centers and a variety of outreach programs. Mercy Health - Cincinnati hospitals have earned national Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals honors more times than all other Cincinnati hospitals combined, placing them among the best hospitals in the nation. Truven has also named Mercy Health - Cincinnati as one of the nation’s Top 15 health systems three years in a row and is the only health system in Cincinnati to earn this honor. Mercy Health – Cincinnati is part of Mercy Health, the largest health system in Ohio and fourth largest employer. To learn more visit, e-mercy.com and engage in the conversation via Mercy Health - Cincinnati’s social media channels (@mercy_health on Twitter and Mercy Health on Facebook).