Living Organ Donors Receive ‘Gift of Life’ Award from Loma Linda University Medical Center Transplantation Institute

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The inspiring ceremony, held at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, Calif., honored living individuals who gave the gift of life to someone by becoming a living organ donor.

Gift of Life Award 2013

Dr. Duane Baldwin (right), Living Donor Program Director at Loma Linda University Medical Center Transplantation Institute, presents the “Gift of Life” medal to Christina Williams.

A total of 32 living organ donors were honored on Thursday, Jan. 3, with the “Gift of Life” award at the inaugural Loma Linda University Medical Center Transplantation Institute Living Donor Awards ceremony. The inspiring ceremony, held at the historic Mission Inn in Riverside, Calif., honored living individuals who gave the gift of life to someone by becoming a living organ donor. Families and recipients of organ donations joined in the event to honor the donors. In the picture, while surrounded by other awardees, Dr. Duane Baldwin (right), Living Donor Program Director at Loma Linda University Medical Center Transplantation Institute, presents the “Gift of Life” medal to Christina Williams, 19, of Moreno Valley, Calif., who donated a kidney to her mother.

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Loma Linda University Medical Center’s comprehensive health system includes: Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus, Loma Linda University Behavioral Medicine Center, Loma Linda University Heart & Surgical Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center - Murrieta, and physician clinics. LLUMC is widely respected as a health care leader and is known for its pioneering and cutting-edge work in such areas as organ transplants, proton treatment for cancers, cardiac care, physical rehabilitation, acute pediatric and adult care, as well as treatments for chemical dependence and other behavioral disorders. LLUMC is the only Level 1 trauma Center in the San Bernardino, Riverside, Inyo, and Mono counties, which covers over 40,000 square miles in Southern California. With a total of 1,076 beds, Loma Linda University Medical Center includes the only children’s hospital in the region. Loma Linda University Medical Center sees over 30,000 inpatients and more than 590,000 outpatient visits a year.

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