NM awarded medal for organ donor registrations
Posted at: 09/13/2012 8:01 AM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico has been recognized for its high organ donor registration rates.
New Mexico Donor Services says the state has been awarded a silver medal by the Virginia-based nonprofit organization Donate Life America.
The group's latest report card shows New Mexico had a donor designation share of 60 percent in 2011 with an estimated 945,000 people on the state's registry.
Nationwide, nearly 43 percent of people 18 and older have registered to be organ, eye and tissue donors.
Almost all New Mexicans who are registered have done so at the state's Motor Vehicle Division offices when getting driver's licenses or identification cards.
MVD has been working with New Mexico Donor Services and the New Mexico Lions Eye Bank since 1978 to provide opportunities to register as organ, tissue and eye donors.
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