(WKTV) - St. Elizabeth Medical Center is getting a gold star after adding 1,000 new organ donors to the state registry since 2011.
The local hospital earned gold recognition through the Workpace Partnership for Life Campaign under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Only a select group of hospitals nationwide earned enough points to get the recognition. And when you see the donor flag flying outside St. E's, that means someone just signed the consent form.
"It truly is a gift of life for some people," said Ida Simard of the ICU at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. "For some families who lost a loved one, this is another means for them to give a gift to someone they don't know."
The need right now is critical for organ, eye and tissue donors. St. E's says there are 119,000 people waiting for a life-saving organ transplant in the United States.
Seventeen people die each day because of the lack of organs.