August 08, 2019
Orange Park, FL - Thursday, August 8th at 10:00am Orange Park Medical Center will be unveiling a memorial created to honor organ donors and their generous gift of life. The unique display includes name plaques and an interactive digital display sharing donor's stories and the option to sign up as a donor in real-time. The new Vince Alderson Donor Memorial Wall is located in the main hallway of the hospital.
Loved ones of the twenty patients memorialized on the wall will be in attendance, including the family of Vince Alderson. Alderson passed away at the age of 52 in 2018. The hospital has dedicated the memorial to Alderson after he spent his final five years as the LifeQuest Hospital Services Coordinator where his role was to provide Orange Park Medical Center patient's families the support and information needed to navigate through the decision of organ donation for their loved one.
"It is the hospital's priority to do everything we can to save a patient's life. This is one final way we can continue that fight, said Dr. Miren Schinco, Orange Park Medical Center's Trauma Medical Director and Trauma Surgeon.
Organ donation will remain a confidential process at Orange Park Medical Center. Donor names will be added to the display by request from the patient's legal next-of-kin.
"Our team never forgets our patient's decision to give life and we want to make sure our community can permanently recognize their selflessness."
With the consent of the patient's loved ones, Orange Park Medical Center also offers an honor walk for all patients donating their organs. During an honor walk hospital staff and loved ones silently line the hall while a patient is moved from their hospital room to the operating room. The ritual's purpose is to show their respects.
One organ, tissue and eye donor can save and heal more than 75 lives. To become an organ donor visit donatelife.net.