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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
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