New York has among the lowest organ-donation rates in the country, and health officials say the opening of the two new transplant centers should help spur more heart donations.
“These programs will expand the availability of high-quality organ-transplant services, help increase donation and transplant rates, and improve the geographic accessibility of these programs, particularly for Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens residents,” said department spokesman Benjamin Rosen.
But the prosed expansion has raised eyebrows. New York-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai in Manhattan, Montefiore in The Bronx and Westchester County Medical Center all perform heart transplants.
The hospitals with existing programs oppose the expansion…
LI TRIO Update:
Regarding Legislative Initiatives and Metrics thanks to Our Most Recent 18 Month Effort and The Support of Volunteers; Our Volunteers and Other Volunteers.
Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that, in just one week, 6,326 New Yorkers have consented to enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry via NY State of Health, as of April 27.
As reported on www.litrio.org, Governor Cuomo announced this new registration option last week aimed at increasing organ donor registration across the country.
Governor Cuomo signed the legislation last year and that legislation required NY State of Health to add the organ donation component to its health insurance application.
Individuals 16 years of age or older who are completing an application, renewing a plan, or making a life status change are now asked if they would like to be added to the NYS Donate Life Registry.