- Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Center Goes Blue and Green to Raise Awareness for Organ Donation
Louisville, Ky. (April 1, 2014)—To raise awareness of the importance of organ donation, Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart and Lung Building, part of KentuckyOne Health, will be lit blue and green each night during April, the colors of the Donate Life logo.
April is National Donate Life Month, a month dedicated to honoring organ donors and their families for the lifesaving gift of organ donation, and to raising awareness of the importance of signing up to become an organ donor.
There are currently more than 120,000 people waiting on the organ transplant list for a donor match and roughly 150 people are added to the list each day. Sadly, an average of 18 patients die every day waiting for a transplant because the organ they needed was not donated in time. A single donor can save or heal the lives of up to 50 people.
KentuckyOne Health will also host events later in April at University of Louisville Hospital and Jewish Hospital to honor organ donors who have given the gift of life.
KentuckyOne Health Transplant Care at Jewish Hospital, a joint program with the University of Louisville School of Medicine, is nationally recognized for performing Kentucky’s first adult heart, pancreas, heart-lung and liver transplant. In addition, our transplant team was also responsible for the first minimally invasive kidney donation in Kentucky.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky.