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Donate Life Month Flag-Raising Ceremony Held at Roxborough Memorial Hospital

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Donate Life Month Flag-Raising Ceremony Held at Roxborough Memorial Hospital



Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

Regional Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications

Donate Life Month Flag-Raising Ceremony Held at

Roxborough Memorial Hospital

Philadelphia, PA (April 22, 2021)— In honor of National Donate Life Month in April, Roxborough Memorial Hospital recently held their annual flag-raising ceremony as part of the gift of life organ donor awareness initiative. The April 22nd gathering honored past, present, and future organ, eye, and tissue donors, as well as donors in spirit.

“The flag-raising is an opportunity to publicly recognize the generosity of families who have offered this gift to others while experiencing a profound personal loss,” said Burt Piper chief executive officer of Roxborough Memorial Hospital. “Whenever a donor’s family chooses, we raise this flag to honor those who have given one of the greatest gifts there is: the gift of life.”

Dr. Sally D. Lane, local oncologist of Roxborough, and joined hospital administrators, nurses, and associates at the event, which was spearheaded by Kim Kelly, RN, clinical educator, and coordinated with The Gift of Life Donor Program, a nonprofit organization that facilitates organ and tissue donation for Pennsylvania hospitals.

“At Roxborough Memorial Hospital, we are able to save many lives through organ donation due to those who have generously donated an organ to someone else. In many cases, organ, tissue, and eye donation cements the legacy of our donors by turning a tragic event into a lifesaving opportunity. We are proud to honor these heroes, as well as the families who have supported their wishes,” said Kim Kelly, RN, clinical educator of Roxborough Memorial Hospital.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, a special blue and green flag was raised outside Roxborough Memorial Hospital to serve as a constant reminder of the precious gift of life – and the importance of choosing organ and tissue donation. April is National Donate Life Month.

According to the PA donate life website, more than 118,000 people in the United States are waiting for a transplant, and hundreds of thousands more wait for life-enhancing tissue transplants. In Pennsylvania alone, there are more than 7,000 people on the waiting list.

Kelly added, “This flag is a symbol — a reminder that despair does not win the day. “Every time the flag is raised, may we know that love lives on.”

To register as an organ donor, you can sign up on the Pennsylvania Donor Registry website at

About Roxborough Memorial Hospital: Roxborough Memorial Hospital is a 131-bed community hospital. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Roxborough, Manayunk, East Falls and northwest section of Philadelphia communities for more than a century, having first opened its doors in 1890. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. For over 130 years, Roxborough Memorial Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to our local communities and the surrounding region.

As a member of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Roxborough Memorial Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 46 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County, and Lower Bucks Hospital, in Bristol.