For Immediate Release – March 7, 2013
Columbus, OH - Several individuals and institutions were honored Saturday, March 2, 2013 by Lifeline of Ohio for their roles in saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. 14 awards were presented by the federally-designated organ procurement organization at “An Evening with the Stars.” Each award was introduced by a local individual whose life has been impacted by donation. Among the presenters were a donor family member, organ and tissue transplant recipients, a candidate waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and an individual whose loved one died while waiting for a transplant.
The Lifeline of Ohio Infinity Award, honoring a media outlet for a commitment to furthering understanding about organ and tissue donation and stimulating debate about the issues surrounding it through accurate, thorough and consistent reporting, was given to WBNS 10-TV.
The Lifeline of Ohio Community Partner Award, honoring an organization or business that has established a leadership role promoting organ and tissue donation in their community was awarded to Panera Bread/Covelli Enterprises.
The Lifeline of Ohio Funeral Service Partner of the Year Award, established in 2003, was presented to Jay Moffett, trade embalmer, as a member of the funeral services community who has demonstrated professional excellence in support of donation.
The Lifeline of Ohio County Coroner’s Office of the Year Award, honoring the coroner who has demonstrated excellence and made a difference in support of organ, eye and tissue donation, was presented to The Union County Coroner’s Office.
Other award winners:
Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus; Adena Regional Medical Center, Chillicothe – Hospital of the Year Award, presented to a hospital that demonstrates outstanding collaboration to support the mission of donation;
Dr. Ann Govier, Licking Memorial Hospital, Newark – Physician of the Year Award, honors a physician for commitment to organ, eye and tissue donation;
Monica Householder, RN, Fairfield Medical Center, Lancaster – Nurse of the Year Award, given to an outstanding hospital nurse;
Teresa Adams, Camden-Clark Medical Center-Memorial Campus, Parkerburg, WV – Liaison of the Year Award, recognizes the dedication and innovation of a hospital liaison in promoting donation;
Duane Perry, RN, Grant Medical Center, Columbus – Hospital Administrator of the Year Award, recognizes the guidance and direction of a member of a hospital administration team in promoting donation;
Camden-Clark Medical Center-Memorial Campus, Critical Care Unit, Parkersburg, WV; Adena Regional Medical Center, Intensive Care Unit, Chillicothe; Chief Greg Paxton and the Columbus Division of Fire Department, Columbus; St. Rita’s Medical Center, Intensive Care Unit, Lima – S.T.A.R. award winners for demonstrating exemplary Service, Teamwork, Attitude and Respect in the donation process.
About Lifeline of Ohio
Lifeline of Ohio (LOOP) is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and coordinate the donation of human organs and tissue for transplantation. Lifeline of Ohio is approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving 37 counties in Central and Southeastern Ohio, and Hancock and Wood counties in West Virginia. Lifeline of Ohio provides services to 71 hospitals through its transplant coordinators. LOOP’s clinical staff is on call 24 hours a day to coordinate the recovery and transport of tissue and organs for transplant.
Additionally, Lifeline of Ohio offers educational presentations for professional, civic, church and social organizations, as well as elementary through college level school programs. These programs are offered year-round as a community service and are customized to meet the objectives of the particular audience. Printed materials regarding donation, as well as donor registry information, are also available from Lifeline of Ohio by calling 800.525.5667 or visiting the web site www.lifelineofohio.org.