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The Organ Donation Task Force at Stony Brook University Medical Center pictured from left to right, Frank Novak, Hospital Services Specialist, New York Organ Donor Network, Marc J. Shapiro M.D., Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology, Chief of General Surgery, Trauma, Critical Care and Burns, Sharon Kearney, Nurse Manager, Surgical ICU, Nancy Yen, Laboratory Administrator, Kenrick Olmer, Nursing Assistant Director, David Harris, Data Manager, Continuous Quality Improvement

STONY BROOK, N.Y., June 19, 2006 ? Stony Brook University Medical Center ranked #1 out of a total of 104 hospitals in the metro region, according to data released by the New York Organ Donor Network. Stony Brook donated 23 out of the 261 tissues donated in the New York metropolitan area, the most from any institution. Tissues include corneas, skin, heart valves, bone, ligaments, veins, and arteries."

Commenting on the efforts of all of the region?s donor hospitals in 2005, Linda Bowes, the New York Organ Donor Network?s director of hospital services, said, "More than 1,300 tissues were recovered from our donors. In addition, the 261 organ donors in the New York metro area led to transplants that benefited 627 desperately sick patients. Those organ and tissues saved and improved the lives of many, many people."

"We are grateful to the donors and their families who gave the gift of life in 2005," said Richard N. Fine, M.D., Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine. "Stony Brook is pleased to collaborate with the staff of the New York Organ Donor Network to save lives through tissue donation. We hope that our continuing collaboration with the Donor Network allows us to give opportunities to families to celebrate the lives of their loved ones by giving the miracle of life to those in desperate need."

"It is wonderful to be recognized for the efforts that the entire staff at Stony Brook University Hospital has placed against educating families and community members about organ and tissue donation," said Kenrick Olmer, Assistant Director of Nursing and co-chair of the Organ Donation Task Force at Stony Brook University Medical Center. "It is rewarding to know that recent efforts to improve the referral process have been successful and it also demonstrates the commitment of the staff to make the referral process work."

Stony Brook University Medical Center is the only academic medical center on Long Island and the only tertiary care hospital in Suffolk County. With 504 beds and 4,000 employees, SBUH is the largest hospital in the county. The new Heart Center and the Stony Brook University Cancer Center attract patients from throughout the region with cutting edge diagnostic and treatment facilities and compassionate care. Stony Brook has Long Island?s only kidney transplantation center and the nation?s first Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis Center. The hospital is also the regional referral center for trauma, perinatal and neonatal intensive care, burns, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, cystic fibrosis, pediatric/adult AIDS, and is home to the Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

New York Organ Donor Network: The Donor Network is the federally designated nonprofit organization serving 13 million people in the New York metro area. The agency recovers solid organs such as hearts, kidneys and livers from 104 hospitals in New York City, Long Island, the northern counties up to Poughkeepsie, and Pike County, PA.

For information about organ and tissue donation, and to enroll in the New York Donor Registry, visit www.donatelifeny.org.

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