Donate Life flag honors Dan Cohen

A Donate Life flag program is currently hanging at Margaretville Hospital in honor of Margaretville resident Dan Cohen. Mr. Cohen, who was an organ donor, passed away unexpectedly last week.

In 2009, Donate Life America initiated the Flags across America program during National Donate Life Month as a symbol to the American public of how many people have been touched by donation and to call attention to the need for more people to designate themselves donors. Many hospitals, in the Center for Donations and Transplants’ (CDT) service area chose to participate in the program and in 2010 proudly flew the “Donation Saves Lives” flag for the month of April.

Facilitating the wishes of an organ donor requires the resources and efforts of an enormous team, starting with the donor families. In addition to flying a flag for Donate Life Month, a number of hospitals have also joined a newly created CDT family remembrance program, designed to help hospitals honor the gifts given by donors and their families.

“These facilities now fly a DLA flag for one week on their campuses whenever one of their patients gives the gift of life as a donor. At the end of the week, CDT takes possession of the flag and returns it to the donor family, along with other material from our aftercare program,” explained Health Alliance of the Hudson Valley® Director of Marketing Sylvia Murphy.

“The hospitals of the HealthAlliance (Margaretville, Kingston and Benedictine) are honored to participate in these programs and have flown the flag as members of the CDT family remembrance program,” she added.