Donate Life raises a flag to donors at Kern Medical

BAKERFIELD | Kasey Meredith

About 50 people gathered around the entrance of Kern Medical to honor organ donors and celebrate organ donor recipients getting a second chance at life.

Kern Medical raised a Donate Life flag to honor organ donors on Tuesday as part of a nation-wide initiative, Flags Across America. Flags Across America is part of Donate Life Month, created by Donate Life America.

Saying yes to getting a pink dot put on a driver's license may seem inconspicuous, but that decision can mean life or death for some. 

That decision by 15 organ donors at Kern Medical saved the lives of 55 organ donor recipients in 2017, said Toni Smith, the chief nursing officer.

Kern Medical is one of the leading facilities in Bakersfield for organ procurement. Smith said Kern Medical procures an average of 3.67 organs per donor. The next leading facility procures about 2.5 organs. Continue reading

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