Donate Life flag raising events honor Erlanger’s 38 organ donors in 2021

Erlanger East Hospital flag raising

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Erlanger Health System and Tennessee Donor Services raised the “Donate Life” flag at Erlanger Western Carolina, Bledsoe, East, North and Baroness hospitals and Erlanger Sequatchie Valley to recognize and honor the 38 Erlanger patients who gave the ultimate gift of life as organ donors in 2021. Thanks to the organ donations of these individuals, 123 lives were saved last year.

Each April, Erlanger joins thousands of hospitals and organizations across the nation, flying the flag in recognition of National Donor Awareness Month and in honor of the many lives touched by organ, eye and tissue donation.

At this year’s Erlanger Baroness Hospital ceremony, a special guest was asked to raise the flag. Victor Bryant is an Erlanger employee who became a patient of the Erlanger Kidney Transplant Center, receiving a kidney donation in January 2022. Bryant raised the flag, honoring the donor who saved his life while surrounded by his co-workers, the kidney transplant team, and Dr. Alan Koffron, the physician who performed his life-saving surgery.

Currently, Erlanger ranks in the top 10% among all donor hospitals in the U.S. More than 106,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, and 3,000 of those on the transplant list live in Tennessee. Every day, 20 people die waiting for a transplant, and every ten minutes, a new name will be added to the list.

For more information on organ and tissue donation and how to become a donor, visit donatelife.net.