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LifeNet Health Saves 303 Lives and Restores Health to 265,967 Patients in 2007
Date:2/20/2008

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Feb. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to year-end statistics, LifeNet Health was able to save the lives of 303 people and restore health to 265,967 patients in 2007.

LifeNet Health coordinates with approximately 80 hospitals, including five organ transplant centers in its service area, to facilitate the donation process in Virginia. This goal of saving 303 lives could not have been achieved without the dedication of four of Virginia's top donor hospitals: Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and the University of Virginia Medical Center. These four hospitals saw a total of 66 organ donors. Hospital development efforts by LifeNet Health established efficient and effective systems to ensure that donors were referred from the hospitals and evaluated in a timely manner. These efforts resulted in 22,889 referrals into LifeNet Health's donor call center.

LifeNet Health saw a 14% increase from 2006 to 2007 in the number of tissue grafts supplied to hospitals and physicians. LifeNet Health provided 265,967 tissue grafts to hospitals in 2007, including 18,978 locally to Virginia hospitals. These grafts included heart valves, bone implants, ligaments and tendons. The gift of bone and connective tissues helps individuals with various orthopedic and neurosurgical conditions. These tissues are used in back, joint, and leg surgeries such as hip replacement, knee reconstruction, and spinal fusion. Donated heart valves are used to replace damaged ones and can mean the difference between life and death to the recipients, including many children. The gift of skin is used as an aid in the healing process for severe burn victims. Tissue transplants provide restored mobility and an enhanced life.

"We are saving lives and restoring health every day. 2007 marked our 25th anniversary and we continue to grow as a leader in the industry. We are proud to serve the local communities, help save lives, and provide biomedical implants to patients around the world," said Rony Thomas, LifeNet Health CEO and President.

There is a critical shortage of donors. Right now, near 100,000 Americans are on the national waiting list for a life-saving organ transplant, including 2,500 Virginians. On average, three Virginians die each week waiting for a life-saving organ transplant that doesn't come in time. Virginians can sign up as organ and tissue donors at http://www.save7lives.org or at a DMV office.

Thomas adds, "Each donor has the potential to save seven lives through organ donation and enhance the lives of more than 50 people through tissue donation. Together, we can help thousands of people who are waiting for an organ transplant or a life-enhancing tissue transplant." Organs for transplant include: heart, lungs, kidneys (2), pancreas, liver and small intestine. Tissues that are recoverable include: bone, ligaments, tendons as well as heart valves, veins, and skin.

Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, LifeNet Health, Inc., is a leading biomedical alloengineering organization and organ and tissue donation agency whose mission is saving lives and restoring health.

For more information about LifeNet Health visit http://www.lifenethealth.org.


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