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Donate Life Month Flag-Raising Ceremony Held at Suburban Community Hospital

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Donate Life Month Flag-Raising Ceremony  Held at Suburban Community Hospital



Michelle Aliprantis, MBA

Regional Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications

Donate Life Month Flag-Raising Ceremony

Held at Suburban Community Hospital

East Norriton, PA (April 6, 2021)— In honor of National Donate Life Month in April, Suburban Community Hospital recently held their annual flag-raising ceremony as part of the gift of life organ donor awareness initiative. The April 6 gathering honored past, present, and future organ, eye, and tissue donors, as well as donors in spirit.

“The flag-raising is an opportunity to publicly recognize the generosity of families who have offered this gift to others while experiencing a profound personal loss,” said David Schmidt, chief nursing officer of Suburban Community Hospital. “Whenever a donor’s family chooses, we raise this flag to honor those who have given one of the greatest gifts there is: the gift of life.”

Commissioner Joseph C. Gale of Montgomery County and joined hospital administrators, nurses, and associates at the event, which was spearheaded by Kristen Piano, patient experience coordinator, hospital associates, and coordinated with The Gift of Life Donor Program, a nonprofit organization that facilitates organ and tissue donation for Pennsylvania hospitals.

“At Suburban Community Hospital, we are able to save many lives through organ donation due to those who have generously donated an organ to someone else. In many cases, organ, tissue, and eye donation cements the legacy of our donors by turning a tragic event into a lifesaving opportunity. We are proud to honor these heroes, as well as the families who have supported their wishes,” said Michael Motte, chief executive officer of Suburban Community Hospital.

Those who attended the ceremony heard remarks from Michael Motte, Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner Joseph Gale.

“The need for lifesaving and healing transplants never stopped during the pandemic, nor did the willingness of people to donate the gift of life, a gift we honor during Donate Life Month,” said Commissioner Joseph Gale of Montgomery County during a ceremony attended by healthcare workers and first responders at Suburban Community Hospital.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, a special blue and green flag was raised outside Suburban Community Hospital to serve as a constant reminder of the precious gift of life – and the importance of choosing organ and tissue donation. April is National Donate Life Month.

According to the PA donate life website, more than 118,000 people in the United States are waiting for a transplant, and hundreds of thousands more wait for life-enhancing tissue transplants. In Pennsylvania alone, there are more than 7,000 people on the waiting list.

Ten patients at Suburban Community Hospital became organ donors last year, seven individuals donated tissue, two donors donated organs, and one donor donated organ and tissue donations. The one patient was an organ and tissue donor in spirit, meaning the patient or family authorized a donation, but recovery was not ultimately possible.

“Throughout Donate Life Month we will be glowing blue and green to signify the commitment Suburban Community Hospital has to educating and informing our team members, patients and families about organ donation,” said Kristen Piano, patient experience coordinator of Suburban Community Hospital. “We will also have the Donate Life flag up all month long in honor of this celebration.”

Piano added, “This flag is a symbol — a reminder that despair does not win the day. “Every time the flag is raised, may we know that love lives on.”

To register as an organ donor, you can sign up on the Pennsylvania Donor Registry website at

About Suburban Community Hospital- Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted and injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology. Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County.