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 10, 2018.
In addition to the awards, Charity Tilleman-Dick, a two-time double-lung transplant recipient, top-selling classical recording artist and TEDx speaker, shared her incredible transplant journey with the audience. She credits both of her donors with the ability to continue singing!
Our Award Winners
Hospital of the Year – OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital. This award was given to OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital 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.
Tissue Recovery Hospital of the Year Award – Morrow County Hospital for their efforts to improve tissue recovery outcomes in their hospital.
Physician of the Year – Dr. Onsy Ayad, Nationwide Children’s Hospital was recognized for his commitment and leadership in regards to the organ, eye and tissue donation process.
Nurse of the Year Award – Kate Savage-Ralph, RN, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s. This award is given to an outstanding hospital nurse for their role in the donation process.
Administrator of the Year – Corey D. Perry of OhioHealth Corporate Office. He was selected for his guidance and direction in promoting organ, eye and tissue donation throughout the OhioHealth system.
Liaison of the Year – Dan Vincent, Education Consultant, Genesis HealthCare System. Mr. Vincent was chosen for his dedication and innovation in promoting organ, eye and tissue donation.
Chaplain of the Year Award – Rick Proper, Mount Carmel East. Given for outstanding faith outreach and support for donors and their families.
Community Partner of the Year Award – Columbus (OH) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. for identifying national partners to bring the Donate Life message to and for making organ, eye and tissue donation a national health initiative for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. which has more than 100,000 members.
Infinity Award – JoAnne Viviano, The Columbus Dispatch. Ms. Viviano received this award for her commitment to furthering public understanding about organ, eye and tissue donation.
Public Relations Award – Gina Mace, Media Relations Specialist – WVU Medicine – Camden Clark Medical Center. This award acknowledges the comprehensive support of a hospital public relations and marketing leader in promoting organ, eye and tissue donation.
The Service, Teamwork, Attitude, Respect (S.T.A.R.) Award is given for demonstrating exemplary service, teamwork, attitude and respect in the donation process:
Dr. Donald Pojman, Franklin County Deputy Coroner – Franklin County Coroner’s Office
Dr. Andrew Retzinger, ER Physician – WVU Medicine – Camden Clark Medical Center
Elysia Friend – Deaf Services Center, Inc.
Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Labor & Delivery
Deann and Larry Heiing
Genesis Trauma Services – Genesis HealthCare System
Dr. Amy Schlegel, Director Perinatal Palliative Care – Nationwide Children’s Hospital