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New Yorkers Can Now Sign Up Online as Organ Donors---Please Spread the Word at Your Hospital!

On April 10, 2012, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and State Health Department (DOH) announced that New Yorkers can now easily enroll in the State's Organ and Tissue Donor Registry online through MyDMV.

The announcement was made in conjunction with Governor Andrew M. Cuomo designating April as "Donate Life Month" in New York State to honor organ donors, organ procurement agencies, and eye and tissue banks whose efforts are saving lives. A media event was held at the State Museum in Albany to unveil the new system and encourage people to register as organ donors.

This new service will reduce barriers to potential donors and increase life saving transplants. Currently, more than 3 million New Yorkers are registered as organ donors, but that number represents only 22 percent of the possible donors in the state. The national average is 47 percent.

Please spread this good news throughout the length and breadth of your hospital! The more people who sign up, the more lives that will be saved.