Flag Raising at OVMC Honors and Remembers Organ Donors and Recipients

OVMC is honored with Bronze Level Award in WV Donate Life Hospital Challenge

Monday, April 11, 2016

(Wheeling, WV) - It’s been 15 months since 62-year old Bob Cornell of East Liverpool, Ohio, was the recipient of a double-lung transplant.  And, the message he emotionally delivered  to the gathering of people at The Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) flag raising ceremony at Ohio Valley Medical Center on Monday, April 11, was one of hope and gratitude.

“If you are an organ donor, I say thank you.  If you’re not an organ donor, I encourage you,” said Bob Cornell.  “I have been blessed with a second chance to continue to raise my children and to watch my grandchildren grow.  I wouldn’t of had this chance if it wasn’t for the selfless donation of life and a pair of lungs from an exact match, who unbeknownst to me at the time, was my son’s sister-in-law’s mother.”  Cornell continued saying, “This flag raising today in honor of National Donate Life Month and OVMC means everything to me.  All I want to do is give back to the transplant community and urge people to be organ donors.”

Donate Life of West Virginia honored OVMC with a Bronze Level Award as a part of the WV Donate Life Hospital Challenge.  Staci Trudo, vice president of Quality for Ohio Valley Health Services and Education Corporation, accepted the award on behalf of OVMC saying, “We are honored to be a part of Donate Life and CORE and we continue to encourage people to donate life to those who are in need of organ transplants or tissue.”

National Donate Life Month was established in 2003. Every day in April, people across America make a special effort to celebrate the tremendous generosity of those who have saved lives by becoming organ, tissue, marrow, and blood donors and to encourage more Americans to follow their fine example and CORE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting donation, education and research for the purpose of saving and improving lives through organ, tissue and cornea transplantation.


Angela Hockman, professional services liaison for CORE said the support of OVMC is critical to their mission.  “Today this ceremony honors all of the organ, tissue and cornea donors that OVMC has at their hospital.  We’re here to promote awareness to increase designation across the state for all of those waiting on the waiting list.”

The organ donation process begins with a decision. The potential donor recognizes the opportunity to help others by donating their organs when they die. To become a donor, you enroll in your state’s donor registry and share your decision with your family and friends. When your time comes, your organs may be used to save many lives. People most frequently become donors after a stroke, heart attack or a severe head injury. Even though cases vary, there are several basic steps in donation from deceased donors.  To learn more, log on to https://www.core.org/.

As for Bob Cornell, who learned he’d get his donation of a two lungs on Christmas Day 2014, he says, “ It was the greatest gift I could ever receive.  Someone had to pass away unfortunately. But they gave me hope to continue to live.”

Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling, W. Va., and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry, Ohio, are a 340 bed combined organization with more than 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. OVMC and EORH are also a proud partner with the OSU Wexner Medical Center and an affiliate of The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Network.




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CORE Flag Raising Ceremony at OVMC honoring organ and tissue donors and recipients

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Double-lung organ recipient,                  OVMC and CORE join to honor organ donors and

Bob Cornell,                                            recipients.  

speaks of his appreciation

for CORE

and life-saving

organ donation.


Staci Trudo, vice president of Quality at OVHS&E Corp. accepts Donate Life WV’s Bronze Level Award for the Donate Life Hospital Challenge from Angela Hockman,of CORE.

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