OVMC and EORH Recognized for Organ, Eye, and Tissue Donation Advocacy and Procurement

Monday, September 29, 2014

OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital were both recognized for building awareness and increasing recovery efforts in organ, eye, and tissue donations.

This weekend, the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), a federally designed not-for-profit organ procurement organization serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and parts of New York, awarded OVMC with the West Virginia Governor’s Award for Life 2014. The awards ceremony occurred during the West Virginia Hospital Association’s annual meeting at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. The award recognized OVMC for its success in supporting organ, tissue and cornea donation that resulted in increased donation rates.

Furthermore, Lifeline of Ohio, the federally-designated procurement organization for Ohio, awarded EORH with a gold medal award for its efforts toward organ, eye, and tissue donation advocacy at the Ohio Hospital Association's annual meeting. According to the Ohio Department of Health, more than 3,400 Ohio residents await a lifesaving organ transplant.

“We are honored to receive these awards and are proud of our physicians' and staff's continued efforts and participation in organ recovery,” said Michael Caruso, president and CEO for Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp. “This continues to be an important issue to many patients and their families. We plan to continue to positively impact our community through partnerships with CORE and Lifeline of Ohio whose procurement efforts save lives every day.”

Caruso explains OVMC and EORH are saving lives and helping to reduce the time critically ill patients must wait by registering new donors and building awareness within the community about the importance of becoming an organ donor. Throughout the year, OVMC and EORH procurement leaders conducted campaigns to raise awareness among the hospitals' employees and the community that encouraged individuals to become organ, eye, and tissue donors.

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.


Image caption: In acknowledgment of OVMC and EORH's continued efforts in advocating organ donations, the hospitals will have a dedicated rose placed in the Dedication Garden on the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade Float, themed “The Never-Ending Story.” Representatives from the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) visited the hospital as Michael Caruso, president and CEO of Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corp., signed a rose vile for the Donate Life parade float. According to CORE, 18 people die every day while waiting for an organ transplant, and 122,000 people nationally are waiting for an organ transplant. Pictured at the signing are: (L to R) Staci L. Trudo, vice president - chief quality officer at OVMC; Maria Bires, trauma nurse coordinator at OVMC; Caruso; and Mark Ciak, CORE professional services liaison. The Rose Parade airs Jan. 1.