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Organ donation remembrance ceremony on May 19

May 6, 2013

Representatives from Aspirus and UW Organ and Tissue Donation hold Aspirus Wausau Hospital’s Silver Medal of Honor or Organ Donation. Front, from left: Denise Falkowski, Sandy McCrory, and Paula Vogt from Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Back, from left: Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu, Rear Admiral Moritsugu USPHS (Ret) and former Acting Surgeon General of the United States; Dr. Kris Lahren, Barb Heilmann, Kathy Drengler and Christine Sullivan from Aspirus Wausau Hospital; Samantha Taylor, Dr. Tony D’Alessandro and Jill Ellefson from UW Organ and Tissue Donation.

Event to be held at Monk Botanical Gardens in Wausau

WAUSAU, Wis. – Aspirus Wausau Hospital is holding a special donor remembrance ceremony on May 19 to honor those who have given the gift of life through organ, tissue and eye donation.

The ceremony is being held at the Robert W. Monk Botanical Gardens in Wausau from 2-4 p.m. During the ceremony, a birch tree will be planted in memory of donors everywhere. All participating donor families may also plant a fern in honor of their loved one.

The ferns will be planted in the Memory Grove, which is the first stage of a 15-year, multi-phase project to make the Monk Gardens the only botanical gardens in central Wisconsin.

Donor family participation for the event is by invite only, but the ceremony also is open to the public. Please RSVP to Samantha Taylor via phone at 608.890.8522 or e-mail at Directions to the Monk Gardens are available online.

This event is a collaborative effort between Aspirus, Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, Donate Life Wisconsin and UW Organ and Tissue Donation.

Since 2005, 47 Aspirus Wausau Hospital patients have donated 145 organs. This year, Aspirus received the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Silver Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for the seventh consecutive time. The Silver Medal of Honor recognizes hospitals that achieve at least a 75 percent organ donation rate from eligible donor families and a 10 percent donation after cardiac death rate in a consecutive 12-month period.