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Hoag Celebrates the Gift of Life

An organ donor’s last act in this world is to extend the life of someone else – almost always a stranger.

Hoag has a long-standing commitment to saving and changing lives through organ, eye and tissue donation through its collaboration with OneLegacy, a nonprofit organ procurement organization. Between 2006 and 2016, Hoag has had 382 consented organ and tissue donors.

To honor those selfless lifesaving gifts, Hoag created the Tree of Life, designed by local artist Tova Rotlevy Cohen that bears the names of Hoag organ donors on its leaves. Since its installation in 2011, the Tree of Life has served as a place for families to visit and reflect on the gifts from their loved ones, and to inspire others to become donors.

At Hoag, we encourage our staff, patients and families to educate themselves about organ, eye and tissue donation, and consider registering as a donor.

Registration is simple and can be completed online. To learn more about organ, eye and tissue donation, please visit DonateLifeCalifornia.org.