This week Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) received the Health & Human Services Silver Recognition Award for raising awareness about organ donation. The award was presented by an ambassador from OneLegacy, the organ and tissue recovery organization serving a seven-county area in Southern California.

The award recognizes AVH’s efforts in encouraging staff and community members to enroll in the state registry as organ, eye and tissue donors. The hospital has previously been recognized as the top-performing hospital in all of OneLegacy’s service areas, which includes 240 hospitals.

OneLegacy ambassador and liver recipient, John Whalen, shared the story of receiving a donor liver before presenting a framed certificate to a team of nurses and other hospital personnel involved in organ and tissue donation education.

“I am honored to be here to share how the generosity and kindness of a perfect stranger gave me a new chance at life,” said Whalen as he displayed a photo of his donor. “I appreciate all that AV Hospital does to promote the invaluable gift of organ and tissue donation, which is truly a legacy of love.”

Nearly 22,000 California residents are waiting to receive lifesaving hearts, livers, lungs, kidneys and other organs. A single organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and improve the lives of as many as 75 more by donating their corneas and tissue.

Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420-bed district hospital located in Lancaster, has been serving the community for more than 60 years. As the area’s only full-service hospital, AVH provides a full array of medical/surgical services, pediatric treatment, NICU, mental health, cancer care and more. It is a Level II trauma center, Accredited Chest Pain Center, Advanced Primary Stroke Center and a Certified Community Cancer Center. More information is available at www.avhospital.org or by calling (661) 949-5000.