Families of tissue donors will receive recognition of their loved one’s
gift at Hoag’s “Book of Life” memorial in an event co-hosted
by Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and OneLegacy, the organ, eye and
tissue procurement organization serving the seven-county greater Los Angeles area.
A tissue donor’s last act in this world is to change the life of
someone else – almost always a stranger. Families of recent Hoag
tissue donors will be presented with a certificate and a replica of a
book bearing the name of their loved one as listed in the Book of Life.
Initially created in 2011, the book has been updated with the 2013 tissue
donor names. Hoag established the Book of Life to provide a place for
families to visit and reflect on the gift their loved one passed on to
another, and to inspire others to become donors.
Families in attendance will also have the opportunity to handwrite, onto
a rose, personal messages and dedications to their loved ones. These will
be incorporated into the Donate Life Float as part of the 126th Rose Parade®
on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2015.
Hoag has a long-standing commitment to saving lives through organ, eye
and tissue donation and has the highest number of tissue donors each year
in Orange County.
Attendees and speakers to include:
• Family of Melanie Ann Clarke-Torres, a 43 year old donor who was
a bone donor.
• Robert T. Braithwaite, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hoag
• Dr. Rosemary O’Meeghan, Intensivist, Critical Care Department, Hoag
• Prasad Garimella, COO and CIO, One Legacy
• Cindy Stokke, Member, Hoag Board of Directors and Hoag Hospital
Foundation Board of Directors
• Dr. Michael Brant-Zawadzki, The Ron and Sandi Simon Endowed Chair,
Executive Medical Director, Hoag Neurosciences Institute
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Hoag Hospital Newport Beach
1 Hoag Drive
Newport Beach, CA, 92663
*Parking will be validated and is available in the Dolphin Structure near
the Emergency Department entrance, across from the Sue & Bill Gross