Through this rose dedication, DHMC recognizes our dedication and commitment to the life-saving and healing generosity of organ and tissue donation. We are grateful to be part of this celebration of life to be viewed by millions on New Year’s Day.Joanne M. Conroy, MD
Dartmouth Health’s Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) has partnered with New England Donor Services to honor and remember those who gave the gift of life through organ and tissue donation. On January 1, 2024, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float, titled “Woven Together: The Dance of Life,” will include a dedication garden made up of roses with handwritten dedications by transplant hospital CEOs across the country including Joanne M. Conroy, MD, CEO and president of Dartmouth Health.
“Through this rose dedication, DHMC recognizes our dedication and commitment to the life-saving and healing generosity of organ and tissue donation,” Conroy said. “We are grateful to be part of this celebration of life to be viewed by millions on New Year’s Day.”
Since its debut on New Year’s Day 2004, the Donate Life Rose Parade Float has become the world’s most visible campaign to inspire people to become organ and tissue donors. In addition to the 40 million viewers who watch the Rose Parade on TV and along the parade route, events are held around the country to complete the “floragraph” images of donors that adorn the float.
The “Woven Together: The Dance of Life” float showcases the culture of the Hopi, native to the American Southwest. This group of Pueblo Native Americans is one of the oldest cultures in the United States, originating approximately 7,000 years ago. The Hopi have always been outstanding weavers and artisans, and their dances include colorful costumes and impressive headdresses and will be reflected in the float’s design.
As the world’s most visible campaign to inspire organ, eye and tissue donation, the Donate Life Rose Parade float inspires viewers to save and heal more than one million people in need of organ and tissue transplants each year.
“I am proud of DHMC’s commitment to organ and tissue donation,” said Michael F. Daily, MD, MS, FACS, section chief of transplant surgery at DHMC. “The ability to help our patients is made possible through this generous gift of life.”
Register today to become an organ and tissue donor by visiting RegisterMe.org.
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Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 56 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, which includes Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s only children’s hospital, and multiple clinic locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Bennington and Windsor, VT; Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.