Seventeen individuals and institutions were honored for their roles in saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation at “An Evening with the Stars” presented by Lifeline of Ohio on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Each award winner was honored for all they do to create a lasting ripple effect through organ, eye and tissue donation. We applaud their efforts and thank them.
The Lifeline of Ohio Legacy Award was awarded to Former State Representative Debbie Phillips and State Senator Peggy Lehner for their involvement in passing House Bill 438 which mandates donation education in all Ohio high schools. The new statute requires public high schools to include in their health curricula “the process of making an anatomical gift under Chapter 2108 of the Revised Code, with an emphasis on the life-saving and life-enhancing effects of organ and tissue donation.” The bill was signed into law on January 4, 2017 with the new requirement going into effect for the 2017/18 school year. Former State Representative Debbie Phillips and State Senator Peggy Lehner are pictured with Emmalyn Brown, the Donate Life Ambassador who helped introduce the bill.
The Hospital of the Year award was presented to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. This award was given to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center for demonstrating outstanding collaboration in support of organ, eye and tissue donation, their comprehensive donation policies and procedures as well as their donation recovery outcomes.
The Tissue Recovery Hospital of the Year Award was presented to Genesis Hospital for their efforts to improve tissue recovery outcomes in their hospital.
Dr. Lauren Lastinger, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, was recognized as Physician of the Year for her commitment and leadership in regards to the organ, eye and tissue donation process.
Janice Reese, RN – OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital received the Nurse of the Year Award, given to an outstanding hospital nurse for her role in the donation process.
Teresa Adams, Director of Critical Care Services – Marietta Memorial Hospital was selected as Administrator of the Year for her guidance and direction of her hospital administration team in promoting organ, eye and tissue donation.
Teresa Rinkes, Nurse Manager – Belmont Community Hospital was chosen as Lifeline of Ohio’s Liaison of the Year for her dedication and innovation in promoting organ, eye and tissue donation.
Joe Pierce, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s – Chaplain of the Year Award, for outstanding faith outreach and support for donors and their families.
Dr. Charles Feicht, D.O., Muskingum County Coroner – Coroner Services of the Year Award, honoring a county coroner’s office who has demonstrated excellence and made a difference in support of organ, eye and tissue donation.
The Lifeline of Ohio Community Partner of the Year Award was given to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for inviting Lifeline of Ohio’s community education team to visit several facilities to educate male and female inmates on organ, eye and tissue donation.
The Lifeline of Ohio Infinity Award honors a media outlet for their commitment to furthering public understanding about organ, eye and tissue donation. This award was given to Allison Ward, Features Reporter and Barbara J. Perenic, Staff Photographer, both of the Columbus Dispatch for their two-part series on the Transplant Games of America.
The Public Relations Department of the Year Award was given to Christina Thompson and Cody Albert of the Marketing and Communications Department of OhioHealth Mansfield and Shelby Hospitals acknowledging their support in promoting organ, eye and tissue donation.
The following won S.T.A.R. (Service, Teamwork, Attitude, Respect) awards for demonstrating exemplary service, teamwork, attitude and respect in the donation process:
St. Rita’s Medical Center – Donation Council
Lima Memorial Health System – Heart and Vascular Unit
Michele Purviance, Trinity Health Systems