PIH Health and OneLegacy Host Special Event to Honor the family of Donor, Rosanna Manriquez

Rosanna will be honored with a floragraph at the 2024 Rose Parade®
Whittier, Calif. (December 22, 2023) – On Wednesday, December 20—PIH Health Whittier Hospital (PHWH) staff and physicians and the family of PIH Health donor patient Rosanna Manriquez gathered in the PIH Health Whittier Hospital Auditorium to witness the unveiling of the floragraph made in her honor at a special floragraph unveiling and rose dedication event hosted by PIH Health in partnership with OneLegacy.

Rosanna passed away on June 25, 2020 at PIH Health Whittier Hospital, but in her passing, gave the gift of life to other individuals through her bone and tissue donation. Her family shared their gratitude to all who were part of Rosanna’s care teams at PIH Health for the compassionate care and support they provided.

The floragraph, or floral photograph, of Rosanna’s image was made entirely out of organic materials and will be featured on the OneLegacy Donate Life float entitled “Woven Together: The Dance of Life,” which will make its public debut in the 135th Rose Parade on January 1, 2024. This float honors millions of people touched by organ, eye and tissue donation, including living donors, donor families, transplant recipients and transplant candidates.

The float will showcase the ceremonial Hopi Butterfly Dance. Native to the American Southwest, the Hopi people celebrated the corn harvest through this dance, paying homage to the butterflies that pollinate the corn, helping the crop prosper. The butterfly has long been a symbol of rebirth and has come to symbolize the power of donation and transplantation. Memorial floragraphs, like Rosanna’s, honoring life-giving organ, eye, and tissue donors, will be displayed on woven baskets full of life-giving corn and other fruit.

Additionally, OneLegacy presented PIH Health Chief Nursing Officer Ramona Pratt and PIH Health nurse Marcia Rocha, who was part of Rossana’s care team at PIH Health, with a rose each on which they wrote special handwritten dedications on the vials. The two roses representing PIH Health will be placed in the rose dedication garden on the OneLegacy Donate Life float, which will be made up of roses with other dedications celebrating transplant recipients, living donors, and honoring deceased donors and thanking individuals and groups who support and take part in the donation and transplantation community.

“PIH Health is grateful to OneLegacy for the opportunity to honor Rosanna’s gift of life and to her family for sharing this honor with us. We also thank the PIH Health care teams that gave such excellent care and support to Rosanna and her family and helped to make this donation possible,” says PIH Health Chief Nursing Officer Ramona Pratt. “We are moved to be part of this celebration of life that recognizes the beautiful gift of special donors like Rosanna, and its power to save lives and bring hope to so many.”

About PIH Health
PIH Health is a nonprofit, regional healthcare network that serves approximately 3 million residents in the Los Angeles Media Contacts: Amanda Enriquez Melody Cayabyab 562.698.0811 Ext. 81127 office 562.698.0811 Ext. 81524 office 562.631.0449 cell 562.644.5997 cell 562.464.5030 fax 562.464.5030 fax Amanda.Enriquez@PIHHealth.org Melody.Caybayab@PIHHealth.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 22, 2023 County, Orange County and San Gabriel Valley region. The fully integrated network is comprised of PIH Health Downey Hospital, PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital, PIH Health Whittier Hospital, 37 outpatient medical office buildings, a multispecialty medical (physician) group, home healthcare services and hospice care, as well as heart, cancer, digestive health, orthopedics, women’s health, urgent care and emergency services. The organization is nationally recognized for excellence in patient care and patient experience, and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has identified PIH Health as one of the nation’s top hospital systems for best practices, cutting-edge advancements, quality of care and healthcare technology. For more information, visit PIHHealth.org or follow us on Facebook, X, or Instagram.

About the Donate Life Rose Parade® Float
As the world’s most visible campaign to inspire organ, eye and tissue donation, The Donate Life Rose Parade® float inspires viewers to help the over one million people in need of organ, eye or tissue transplants each year. Register today to become an organ, eye or tissue donor by visiting DonateLife.net

About OneLegacy
OneLegacy is the nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation in seven counties in Southern California: Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Kern. Serving more than 200 hospitals, 11 transplant centers and a diverse population of nearly 20 million, OneLegacy is the largest organ, eye and tissue recovery organization in the world. For more information, call OneLegacy at 800- 786-4077 or visit OneLegacy.org

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