EORH Employee Receives Statewide AwardWednesday, March 12, 2014
MARTINS FERRY, W.Va. – Peggy Porter, care manager at East Ohio Regional Hospital, was recently honored for her role in coordinating organ, eye, and tissue donations for patients in need of organ donations and transplants.
Lifeline of Ohio, a federally-designed, non-profit organ procurement organization, acknowledged Porter with a S.T.A.R award at the organization’s “An Evening with the Stars” event on March 8th. The award is given to an individual who demonstrates exemplary service, teamwork, attitude and respect in the donation process.
“I’m honored to receive the award and am proud of EORH’s patients who have donated organs to saves lives,” said Porter.
Porter is a registered nurse who worked 28 years in intensive care units and has seen firsthand the importance of organ donations and its impact it can have on a person and their family’s lives.
“I am motivated through the stories of co-workers, patients, family, and friends to inform the community how organ donations can save lives,” said Porter. “I personally help to bring awareness so Belmont County can change the lives of many others in need of organ transplants.”
Porter helped launched a campaign at EORH within the last two years to increase awareness among its employees and the community about the importance of becoming an organ donor. Some of the hospital’s employees have become registered organ donors through hospital sign-up drives throughout the campaign. Every new hospital employee also receives information about organ donation in orientation.
“We are proud of Peggy’s efforts with Lifeline of Ohio, 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. “Our hope is that we continue to touch our community and its families through our partnerships with organizations like Lifeline of Ohio.”
EORH currently facilitates its organ donations through Lifeline of Ohio. The organization services 37 counties in Central and Southeastern Ohio, as well as Hancock and Wood Counties in West Virginia.
According to Lifeline Ohio’s website, 3,482 people in Ohio are waiting for an organ transplant and hundreds are waiting tissue transplants. Last year, 81 individuals from Central and Southern Ohio donated an organ.
“Belmont County needs more organ donors as only 53 percent of its population are registered organ donors,” said Porter. “With increased awareness from the hospital throughout the community, we believe we can help saves lives.”
This is the first S.T.A.R. award Porter received, and she noted she looks forward to building more awareness in the coming year. For more information about organ donations, visit. www.lifelineofohio.org.
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 on both sides of the Ohio River.