Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, Fla., contributed a message to the Hospital CEO Rose Dedications for the 2014 Donate Life Rose Parade Float.
According to a news release, hospitals in the area were asked to have their CEOs prepare a handwritten message honoring the patients and families who helped save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donations.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point CEO Shayne George wrote a message that was placed in one of the rose vials in the dedication garden on the Donate Life float for the Parade of Roses, Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.
Georges message read, In honor of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and our life saving staff; we are honored and grateful to those who choose to donate a gift that can change a life!
The American Hospital Association has joined with the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations and the Eye Bank Association of America to offer the Rose Parade tribute to the donors of tissues and organs. For the past 10 years dozens of organizations nationwide have collaborated to enter the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade.
Originally envisioned by a lung recipient who wished to thank organ, eye and tissue donors for their gifts of life, the Donate Life Rose Parade float has grown into a national tradition featuring dozens of participants each year.
The dedication garden is filled with thousands of roses, each placed in a vial carrying a personal message from an individual, family or organization. George was invited to participate in recognition of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Points support of organ, eye and tissue donation.