Largo Medical Center December 10, 2015

Give the Gift of Life this holiday Season! Largo Medical Center and The Transplant Institute of Florida have partnered with Lifelink & Donate Life to host an organ and tissue donation drives to be held on Wednesday, December 16th at two of the hospital’s campuses at 11:00am. The staff and those living in the community are welcome to stop by, learn about organ and tissue donation and how they can help save lives by signing up to be a donor. No tests or exams are performed. It's that easy!

"If it wasn't for the organ donor that I received a kidney from, I would still be on a transplant list and on dialysis every day, not knowing what tomorrow held," said Joseph Christofaro, Largo Medical Center Transplant Institute of Florida Patient. "Receiving a donated organ just changes your whole life for the better."

Facts* you may not know about organ and tissue donation include:

  • you can save 8 lives
  • your life is always the first priority
  • there is no cost for donation
  • faith communities support donation
  • donation does not change physical appearance
  • there is NO age limit to donation
  • don't rule yourself out even if you have health conditions
  • matches are based solely on medical and geographic factors

"Today more than 123,000 children and adults are on a lifesaving organ transplant list," said Anthony Degina, Largo Medical Center, CEO. "More than 5,000 of those waiting on lists live right here in Florida."

The Lifelink Foundation works to recover donated organs for transplant. Lifelink Coordinator, Ashley Lowery said, "Every 12 minutes, a new name is added to the national transplant waiting list for an organ and every day 21 lives are lost due to the shortage of organs available for transplantation."

Last year, nearly 28,000 lives were saved due to the generosity of organ donors. 1,000,000 lives were forever changed thanks to tissue donors. 46,000 gifts of sight were shared through cornea donation*.

The organ drives are at two locations:

Largo Medical Center – 14th St. SW Campus
201 14th St. SW
Largo, FL

Largo Medical Center – Indian Rocks Rd. Campus
2025 Indian Rocks Rd.
Largo, FL

To learn more about organ donation, to attend the organ donor drive or for an interview, please contact tammy robiconti, director of marketing and public relations at largo medical center at (727) 348-1896.

About Largo Medical Center

Largo Medical Center is a 425-bed statutory teaching hospital serving Pinellas County from three campuses. The hospital provides Atrial Fibrillation Care at the AFib & Heart Rhythm Centers, Behavioral Healthcare, Breast Healthcare at the Florida Breast Institute, Cardiovascular Services, Clinical Research, Company Care Occupational Healthcare, Emergency Care at 3 campuses, H2U health and wellness program, Hepatobiliary Care at The Hepatobiliary Center, Imaging and Diagnostic Services, Kidney Transplants at the Transplant Institute of Florida, Limb Saving at the Florida Limb Saving Institute, Orthopedic Care at the Florida Orthopedic Pavilion, Inpatient, Outpatient and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, Robotic Surgery, Sleep Disorders Care, Sports Medicine Care with the Florida Sports Medicine Center, Spine and Neurologic Care at the Florida Spine & Neuro Center, Surgical Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery at the Florida Bariatric Centers and Wound Care with Hyperbaric Medicine. Largo Medical Center has an American Osteopathic Association Accredited Graduate Medical Education program that is the West Coast Academic Center for NOVA Southeastern University and is affiliated with the USF Morsani College of Medicine. The hospital is recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, a Certified Advanced Heart Failure Center and an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. We have an accredited AFib Center, Breast Center, Cancer Care program, Chest Pain Center with PCI and Inpatient Rehabilitation program. Learn more at Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

About Lifelink Foundation*

Lifelink is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to the recovery of life-saving and life-enhancing organs and tissue for transplantation therapy. The Foundation works in a sensitive, diligent, and compassionate manner to facilitate the donation of desperately needed organs and tissues for waiting patients, support research efforts to enhance the available supply of organs and tissue for transplant patients, improve clinical outcomes of patients post transplantation and works closely with the United Network For Organ Sharing (UNOS) to support its goals.