The Center for Organ Recovery & Education, a federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia and parts of New York, recently recognized 19 West Virginia-based hospitals with the West Virginia Governor's Award for Life 2012.
The award recognizes area hospitals that have been successful in supporting organ, tissue and cornea donation within their own health care facilities and have achieved increased donation rates as a result. Leaders from the following hospitals were recognized by Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE; and Joe Letnaunchyn, president and CEO of the West Virginia Hospital Association, who presided over an awards presentation that took place during West Virginia Hospital Association's annual meeting Sept. 27 at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs: Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield; CAMC General Hospital in Charleston; CAMC Memorial Hospital in Charleston; CAMC Teays Valley Hospital in Hurricane;CAMC Women's and Children's Hospital in Charleston; Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins; Grafton City Hospital; Logan Regional Medical Center; Mon General Hospital in Morgantown; Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling; Pleasant Valley Hospital in Point Pleasant; Princeton Community Hospital; Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley); St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon; Thomas Memorial Hospital in South Charleston; United Hospital Center in Bridgeport; Weirton Medical Center; Wheeling Hospital; and WVU Hospitals in Morgantown.
"At CORE, we are pleased to recognize these West Virginia hospitals for their ongoing commitment to organ, tissue and cornea donation," Stuart said. "As a result of their efforts, more lives are able to be saved or enhanced through organ, tissue and cornea donation in West Virginia."
The West Virginia Governor's Award for Life was implemented in 2007 through a collaboration of the West Virginia Hospital Association, CORE and the other organ procurement organizations.
For every person who donates their organs, tissues and corneas, up to 50 lives can be saved or dramatically improved. More information is available at www.core.org or 1-800-DONORS-7.