Hiran Ratnayake
Senior Communications Manager
Department of External Affairs
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Christiana Care Hosts Flag Raising Ceremony to Celebrate Organ Donors

WHAT: Christiana Care and the Gift of Life Donor Program will host a flag-raising ceremony to celebrate the generous people who provide hope and save lives through organ donation.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 10th at 12 p.m.

WHERE: Outside the main entrance of Christiana Hospital.


  • Velma Scantlebury, M.D., associate director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Christiana Care.
  • Rick Hasz, vice president of clinical services for the Gift of Life Donor Program.
  • David Karas, hospital services coordinator for the Gift of Life Donor Program.

WHY: Each year, dozens of people from the community turn out for a flag raising to honor organ, eye and tissue donors. In 2018, the Christiana Care Transplant Program facilitated 41 organ donations, resulting in 121 transplanted organs, including gifts of kidneys, hearts, livers, lungs, pancreases and one intestine. In addition, 83 tissue donors in 2018 at Christiana Care provided corneas, bone, skin, heart valves and other tissues to enhance the lives of countless patients.

Journalists who would like to attend should contact Hiran Ratnayake at (302) 327-3327 or


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About ChristianaCare

Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of primary care and outpatient services, home health care, urgent care centers, three hospitals (1,430 beds), a freestanding emergency department, a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. It also includes the pioneering Gene Editing Institute.

ChristianaCare is nationally recognized as a great place to work, rated by Forbes as the 2nd best health system for diversity and inclusion, and the 29th best health system to work for in the United States, and by IDG Computerworld as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in IT. ChristianaCare is rated by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and continually ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and other national quality ratings. ChristianaCare is a nonprofit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. With its groundbreaking Center for Virtual Health and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care.