2017-07-13 / News

SMH holds ceremony for ‘Gift of Life’ plant


The “Gift of Life” Rose Bush was planted and dedicated last week. The rose bush is located within Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital’s Healing Garden. Above, the group in attendance at the planting ceremony poses for a picture. Below, top, the rose bush is shown. Below, bottom, local families and individuals affected by organ donation also took part in the ceremony. 
Pioneer Tribune photo The “Gift of Life” Rose Bush was planted and dedicated last week. The rose bush is located within Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital’s Healing Garden. Above, the group in attendance at the planting ceremony poses for a picture. Below, top, the rose bush is shown. Below, bottom, local families and individuals affected by organ donation also took part in the ceremony. Pioneer Tribune photo MANISTIQUE – Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital recently hosted its first “Gift of Life” Rose Bush planting ceremony in honor of organ and tissue donors, recipients, and their families.

The event was open to the public and featured presentations from guest speakers and state representatives, including Joe Underwood, from the Michigan Department of State, Rep. Jack Bergman, Manistique Mayor Janet Jeffcott, and Beverly Cherwinski of the Gift of Life Michigan.

The Gift of Life Rose Bush is located with the Healing Garden in front of SMH.

The following are some facts regarding organ and tissue donation:

-Of the state’s 7.6 million adults, 55 percent are registered organ donors.

-Since 2007, residents no longer sign the back of their Michigan driver’s license to indicate their wish to be an organ and tissue donor. Instead, they join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry and receive a red heart logo for their license or state ID.

-On average, 17 Michigan residents have organ transplants every week.

-The supply of organs available doesn’t come close to meeting the demand. Michigan has more than 3,500 people on the waiting list. The number is about 124,000 nationwide.

-Organ donors can save up to eight lives and tissue donors can substantially improve life for up to 50 sick or injured people.

For more information about the Gift of Life Rose Bush or Healing Garden, contact the hospital at 341-3200.


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