MSLC Raises Organ Donation Awareness

MSLC Raises Organ Donation Awareness

Newburgh, NY– Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall (MSLC) held a flag-raising ceremony at its Newburgh campus to commemorate National Blue and Green Day on April 12 as part of its recognition of National Donate Life Month.

Donate Life Month is a nationally recognized month that is focused on raising awareness and engagement for organ, eye and tissue donation.

The event helped recognize the work MSLC does to help save even more lives through organ and tissue donation. Through hospital’s efforts in support of donation and the process, families of loved ones can find comfort, recipients are given the gift of life and hope remains present for those waiting for a lifesaving transplant. From referral calls, to support of a grieving family and collaboration with our organ procurement organization, LiveOnNY, Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall plays a crucial role in saving more lives through donation.

“We are incredibly proud of our organ donation efforts and the great work being done with our community partners on this very important cause,” said MSLC President & CEO Joan Cusack-McGuirk. “As part of our partnership with the Montefiore Health System, we are connected to the Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation, one of the most active and successful programs in the country that offers innovative treatments and access to advanced clinical research trials.”

Prior to raising the Donate Life flag, remarks were offered by Cusack-McGuirk; Margaret Deyo-Allers, MSLC Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President for Patient Care; Assembly member Jonathan Jacobson (D-104), and Scott Wohl, LiveonNY Senior Manager of Community Engagement & Activation.

“I’d like to thank Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall for bringing us together to celebrate the power and beauty of organ donation. There are nearly 10,000 people waiting for a lifesaving transplant in New York, and while research shows that more than 90% of New Yorkers support organ donation, only 35% are currently registered. I encourage all New Yorkers to consider registering to save a life.”

There are 10,000 New Yorkers waiting for an organ transplant. One organ donor can save up to eight lives and improve the lives of up to 50 people through tissue donation. To learn more and sign up as an organ donor visit

About Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall
Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall (MSLC) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and has achieved excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services. The Joint Commission noted SLCH for excellence in Key Quality Measures in the management of Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Stroke and Surgical Care. SLCH is also recognized as an industry leader in using information technology to improve patient care, by winning the Most Wired Award for the fourth year in a row. In January 2018, MSLC officially became part of the Montefiore Health System to strengthen the delivery of health care locally and enhance access to exceptional specialty care for Hudson Valley residents. In March 2019 changed its name from St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital to Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall.