Hospital celebrates National Donate Life Month with transplant speaker, flag-raising

Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge welcomed liver transplant patient Steve Granger and members of the community to celebrate National Donate Life Month with its annual flag-raising ceremony on Monday.

Granger spoke at the ceremony held at the Morganton campus and was invited to raise the “Donate Life” flag to fly next to the hospital’s U.S. flag.

Brandi Denton, director of nursing practice at Blue Ridge Health, which includes critical-care, telemetry and cardiac cath-lab, shared that she was the liaison between the hospital and Life Share of the Carolinas, a nonprofit organization that facilitates transplants in western North Carolina.

“I’ve been a critical-care nurse my whole entire nursing career, so I’ve seen firsthand the wonderful value that organ donation has,” Denton said. “It’s been a very big passion of mine for a long time.”

Denton introduced David Pope, assistant vice president of administration and associate counsel for Blue Ridge Health. Pope said Granger received a liver in 2013, which inspired him to become an ambassador for LSC. He also founded a nonprofit organization with other transplant patients called Save a Life to raise awareness of the need for organ donors. Save a Life has raised nearly $100,000 in the last three years for Donate Life, Life Share of the Carolinas and the Cleveland-Rutherfordton Kidney Association. Continue reading

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