EORH Named Gold Partner for Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation Advocacy

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

MARTINS FERRY, Ohio – There are more than 3,400 Ohioans waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies waiting. This month, East Ohio Regional Hospital was recognized by Donate Life Ohio, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ohio Department of Health’s Second Chance Trust Fund for taking action to reduce that number during 2014.

The hospital was named a Gold Partner in the small hospital category of the 2013-2014 Hospital Champions program, aimed at increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registration. East Ohio Regional Hospital and 46 other Ohio hospitals were recognized during the 2014 OHA Annual Meeting.

“Currently, more than 122,000 people nationwide – more than 3,400 of them from Ohio – await a lifesaving organ transplant,” said Lance Himes, interim director, Ohio Department of Health. “By registering new donors and sharing this lifesaving message through the Hospital Champions program, East Ohio Regional Hospital is saving lives and helping to reduce the time critically ill patients must wait for a second chance at life.”

During 2013-2014 year, EORH conducted campaigns to raise awareness among the hospital's employees and the community that encouraged individuals to become organ, eye, and tissue donors. These efforts were instrumental in the hospital receiving a gold partner status.

We are proud of East Ohio Regional Hospital's participation in the Hospital Champions program, and we know this is an important issue to many patients and their families,” said Michael Caruso, CEO of Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital. “As a community hospital, we plan to continue to touch our community and its families through our partnerships with organizations who enrich and saves lives.”

“We are so proud of our hospital champions for committing to promote this important initiative to our communities,” said Mike Abrams, OHA President and CEO. “We saw tremendous engagement from all our hospital partners who went above and beyond to support this cause.”

Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling West Virginia, and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry Ohio, are a 340-bed combined organization with over 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive orthopedic centers of excellence, behavioral and mental health services and board certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River. We are the Ohio Valley's community hospitals.