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Tree of Life bronze sculpture to honor organ and tissue donors

Members of the YNHH organ and tissue transplantation team will unveil a Tree of Life sculpture on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. The tree, a bronze-like statue, was designed and created by Woodbridge, CT resident and former Hopkins School student Alex Blythe as a part of his high school senior project.

It was generously donated to YNHH by Alex and his family, "as a thank you to the many tireless volunteers, donor families and recipients who have touched our hearts over so many years." This tree represents those who have given the gift of life to others through organ and tissue donation.

Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH), part of Yale New Haven Health, is a nationally recognized, 1,541-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Yale School of Medicine (YSM). Founded as the fourth voluntary hospital in the U.S. in 1826, today, YNHH has two New Haven-based campuses, and also includes Yale New Haven Children's Hospital, Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital. YNHH has received Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the nation’s highest honor of nursing excellence. YNHH has a combined medical staff of about 4,500 university and community physicians practicing in more than 100 specialties.