Hiran Ratnayake
Senior Communications Manager
Department of External Affairs

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

About Christiana Care Health System
Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, Christiana Care is one of the country’s most dynamic health systems, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. Christiana Care includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, two hospitals (1,227 beds), 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. Christiana Care is a not-for-profit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. We are continually ranked by US News & World Report as a Best Hospital. With our unique, data-powered care coordination service and a focus on population health and value-based care, Christiana Care is shaping the future of health care. Learn how we deliver greater quality and value at