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Miami Valley Hospital Represented at the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade

DAYTON, OH, December 22, 2006 - Miami Valley Hospital will be represented in the 118th Rose Parade which takes place on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, CA. The hospital is dedicating roses to the “Donate Life” parade float in honor of individuals and families touched by organ donation at the hospital over the past year.

“When Miami Valley was approached to dedicate roses we immediately said yes,” says Lisa Ottman, in-house coordinator for Life Connection of Ohio. “We feel this is a very meaningful way to honor those who have given the ultimate gift, the gift of life through organ donation.”

During the past year approximately 80 individuals have received organs from donors at Miami Valley Hospital. One of those donors was Brad Mullins who passed away last March. His widow, Carla says, “My husband was able to give life to several people including a patient who needed a new liver. The float brings additional attention to organ donation so that others waiting on lists can receive the vital organs they need to go on living healthy lives. What a wonderful event for Miami Valley Hospital to participate in.”

Miami Valley’s dedicated roses will be placed in the heart-shaped Family Circle Garden at the front of the float. Each rose will carry a tag saying, “Miami Valley Hospital Honors Our 2006 Organ Donors.”

“We are proud to be a part of this national effort to increase awareness of organ donation,” says Thav Thambi-Pillai, M.D., associate surgical director of Miami Valley Hospital’s transplant program. “Hopefully many of the 2,500 Ohioans and 94,500 people nationwide waiting for life-saving organ transplants and millions of people in need of tissue and blood donations each year will benefit from the generosity of millions of parade viewers.”

The Donate Life Float has been a parade participant for the past four years. Organizers say the mission of the float is to inspire people worldwide to donate life by choosing to be an organ and tissue donor.

Locally the Rose Parade will be broadcast January 1 on WKEF-TV at 11 a.m.