Organ, tissue and eye donation is a generous gift that saves and heals thousands of lives every year. Even with the best medicine and technology, transplants aren’t possible without one person giving selflessly to another.
At Regions Hospital, organ, tissue and eye donation happens after a patient passes away. If donation is possible and the patient was a registered organ donor, the patient’s wishes are honored. If the patient wasn’t a registered organ donor, the family will make a decision on their loved one’s behalf. During the process we work with our donation partners, LifeSource and the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank.
Our donors are honored on our Gift of Life Donor Memorial Wall in our atrium. The wall’s photos and personal stories pay tribute to our donors’ lives. Regions is grateful for those who’ve donated their organs, tissue and eyes. And we’re proud to share their stories.
HealthPartners and Regions Hospital employees funded the Gift of Life wall through the Sharing at Work employee giving program. The program is coordinated by Regions Hospital Foundation.
The inspiration for the Gift of Life wall at Regions came from a hospital in Texas. That memorial wall started after the hospital hung up a photo of a young organ donor. Photos of other organ donors soon followed. And before long, the hospital had a wall of photos remembering all organ donors.
When do you decide if someone's a donor?
If you’re injured or in an accident, it’s the hospital’s priority to save your life. You won’t even be considered a donor until every effort has been made to save your life and death’s been declared.
Is there an age limit if I want to be a donor?
No, there’s no age limit to be a donor. The oldest organ donor was 92!
Do I have to be healthy to be a donor?
No, your health shouldn’t prevent you from signing up to be a donor. Most health conditions don’t prevent donation.
How many lives can I save by being a donor?
You can save and heal up to 60 lives through organ, tissue and eye donation.
Is there a cost to be a donor?
No, there’s no cost to be a donor. And your family won’t have to pay for medical expenses associated with donation.
How do I know if my decision to be a donor will be honored?
When you register as an organ, tissue and eye donor, you’re making a legal decision. Even after your death your decision will be honored. Be sure to talk to your family to make sure they’re prepared to honor your decision.
What if I'm not a donor and I pass away?
If you haven’t signed up to be a donor, your family will be asked to decide about donating your organs, tissues and eyes. Having a conversation about your wishes is important.
If you want to be a donor, you can sign up when you renew your driver’s license or your state ID card. Simply check the box on the application next time you renew your license or ID card. Of if you want to sign up sooner, you can also register online.
For more info on the Gift of Life Donor Memorial Wall or about organ, tissue and eye donation, contact Rob Ruff, chaplain at Regions Hospital, at 651-254-1431. Or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.