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Samaritan Launches Online Organ Donor Registration Form in Honor of National Donate Life Month

Published on: April 18, 2022

WATERTOWN, NY – Samaritan Medical Center is helping to create a culture of donation in our state by adding the New York State Donate Life Registry’s enrollment form to its website, making it easier than ever for the public to enroll as organ, eye, and tissue donors. As it has in April for many years, Samaritan will participate in outreach activities, communication, and education surrounding National Donate Life Month, which has a positive effect on members of the local community who need lifesaving transplants.

“No one knows when they or a loved one may need a transplant to survive or tissue to repair injury or treat disease,” said Thomas Carman, President and CEO of Samaritan Medical Center. “We want to let North Country community members know they can enroll quickly and easily through our website. Registering as a donor is an important step the public can make to ensure their wishes about donation are known and carried out.”

Those who wish to enroll should visit www.samaritanhealth.com/donate-life. The form is easy to fill out and only takes a few minutes.

While more than 3,000 lifesaving organ transplants were performed in the state last year, nearly 8,500 New Yorkers remain on the national organ transplant waitlist. In 2021, 465 patients awaiting an organ transplant in New York State died because the organ needed to save their lives was not donated in time.

“We applaud Samaritan Medical Center’s commitment to raising awareness of the lifesaving legacy left by organ, eye, and tissue donors,” said Aisha Tator, Executive Director of Donate Life New York State. “By providing the opportunity for the public to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry, they give hope to the thousands of patients in need of transplants.”

Donate Life New York State is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing organ, eye, and tissue donation throughout the state. It operates the New York State Donate Life Registry, an electronic database that documents a person’s consent to be an organ, eye, and tissue donor upon their death, under contract with the State of New York. New Yorkers age 16 or older can enroll in the Registry at www.samaritanhealth.com/donate-life.