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National Donate Life Month Flag Raising Ceremony and Celebration


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April is National Donate Life Month and Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center is joining forces with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) to host a special flag raising ceremony and celebration. The public is welcome to be part of this inspirational and informational event to celebrate and recognize the importance of organ and tissue donation.

The flag raising will honor the Gift of Life and include a prayer, remarks from Tim A. Hatfield, Community Chief Executive Officer, expressions of thanks from a local recipients, and KODA's Lauren Salyer speaking to the importance of Donate Life month. Light refreshments provided by Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center will follow the ceremony.

National Donate Life Month is a time to focus national and local attention on every individual’s power to make LIFE possible by registering his or her decision to be a potential organ and tissue donor, and learning more about living donation. https://www.donatelife.net/ndlm/

About Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) –
KODA, with its home office in Louisville, is one of 58 organ procurement organizations in the United States. KODA works to save lives through organ donation and transplantation. For more information, see KODA’s website at www.kyorgandonor.org KODA covers territory in Kentucky, western West Virginia and southern Indiana.

About Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) –
Appalachian Regional Healthcare is a not-for-profit health system currently operating 11 hospitals in Barbourville, Hazard, Harlan, Hyden, McDowell, Middlesboro, West Liberty, Whitesburg and South Williamson in Kentucky and Beckley and Hinton in West Virginia, as well as multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, home medical equipment stores and retail pharmacies. ARH employs nearly 5,000 people with an annual payroll and benefits of $330 million generated into our local economies. ARH also has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members. ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia, and is consistently recognized for its medical excellence.