Life Point changes name but not purpose

Margaret Brackett - Contributing Columnist

LifePoint became We Are Sharing Hope SC effective Jan. 25, 2017. Tracy Moore, CEO of Donate Life South Carolina said the short answer is because LifePoint Health moved into South Carolina and the two names might be confused.

But there is more to it than that. Moore said it presented a unique opportunity to explore more fully who they are as an organization and why changing the name could enable them to more aptly describe what they do in serving donor families, recipients and the community as a whole.

At the core, their calling is sharing hope with the families that depend on them so the name fully describes them.

Changing the name to We Are Sharing Hope SC in no way changes who they are or what they are doing as an organization. They are still helping donor families and recipients through an incredibly difficult time in their lives with compassion, love and, most of all, hope.

In South Carolina, 127 people became organ donors at their deaths during 2016 and resulted in 458 organs transplanted in South Carolina and across the nation. This is the highest number of donors and transplanted organs in the past five years. Nationally, over 33,000 people began new lives last year thanks to organ transplants. That is a record high for the fourth consecutive year.

While there has been an increase in the number of organ donors, it is important to remember that the number of people waiting on a transplant still remains extremely large and more donors are needed to help save lives. In South Carolina, over 1,000 people are waiting on a lifesaving organ transplant and nationally that number grows to over 118,000 people.

There were also 205 tissue donors during 2016 which have improved the lives of South Carolinians and people across the country. Over one million tissue transplants were performed in the United States during 2016.

Since its inception in 1984, initially named South Carolina Organ Procurement Organization (SCOPA), its organization has facilitated and honored the gifts of nearly 3,000 organ donors which resulted in almost 10,000 organs being transplanted.

SCOPA became LifePoint on June 15, 2001 and in January 2003 LifePoint merged with South Carolina Lions Eye Bank. Two years later, in January 2005, the American Red Cross Southeastern Tissue Services ceased recovering tissue so LifePoint started recovering tissue too. In June 1515, LifePoint transferred its ocular department to Miracles in Sight (MIS) headquartered in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Now as of January 25, 2017 We Are Sharing Hope.

If you have questions about organ and tissue donation, our organization or would like to set up an interview, please contact Mark Johnson, Media Relations Coordinator We Are Sharing Hope SC at 843-763-7755.

About We Are Sharing Hope

We Are Sharing Hope SC is the designated Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) for organ recovery services in South Carolina. We Are Sharing Hope SC actively provides organ and tissue donor services to 62 hospitals throughout the state. We Are Sharing Hope SC also helps support and educate families at an emotionally devastating time, so they can make well-informed decisions about organ, eye and tissue donation.

Margaret Brackett

Contributing Columnist

Margaret Brackett is from Newberry. Her columns appear weekly in The Newberry Observer.

Margaret Brackett is from Newberry. Her columns appear weekly in The Newberry Observer.