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Lifeline of Ohio Presents Awards to Champions of Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation

Lifeline of Ohio honored sixteen individuals and institutions for their roles in saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation at “An Evening with the Stars” presented by TXJet on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Our winners….

The Hospital of the Year award was presented to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC). This award was given to OSUWMC for facilitating the highest donation rates in their institution’s history. The gifts given by heroic donors through OSUWMC’s work will create ripple effects for generations to come.



The Tissue Recovery Hospital of the Year Award was presented to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital for their efforts to improve tissue recovery outcomes in their hospital.




The Lifeline of Ohio Innovation Award was presented to the team at OhioHealth Grove City Methodist Hospital for their forward-thinking collaboration with Lifeline of Ohio on a centralized recovery site for tissue donors. Ultimately, this site will be available to all 78 partner hospitals in Lifeline of Ohio’s donation service area, further streamlining the donation process and better serving donor families.


Malissa Warrick, Nurse Manager – Southern Ohio Medical Center was chosen as Lifeline of Ohio’s Liaison of the Year for her dedication and innovation in promoting organ, eye and tissue donation throughout her hospital.




Sean McKibben, President and Chief Operating Officer – Mount Carmel West Hospital, was selected as Administrator of the Year for his guidance and direction in promoting organ, eye and tissue donation throughout the Mount Carmel West health system.




Michelle Lozano, RN – The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, received the Nurse of the Year Award, given to an outstanding hospital nurse for her role in the donation process.




Keshav Deshpande of OhioHealth Grant Medical Center was recognized as Physician of the Year for his commitment and leadership in regards to the organ, eye and tissue donation process.






The Service, Teamwork, Attitude, Respect (S.T.A.R.) Award is given for demonstrating exemplary service, teamwork, attitude and respect in the donation process. This year’s winners are:

Dr. Amy Van Dyke, System Ethicist – Mount Carmel Health System.







OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital Neonate Labor and Delivery department.





Zach Thompson, Pharmacist – Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 







Nemili Johnson, Clinical Applications Analyst – Licking Memorial Hospital.







The Advocacy Award was presented to Christine Joseph, Administrator on Site – Lima Memorial Health System, for going above and beyond in supporting and promoting donation within her hospital.






The Public Relations Award was given to Sarah Holt, Director of Marketing – Marietta Memorial Hospital, for helping to reinforce the donation message both internally and externally within the hospital through effective public relations strategies.





Cheryl’s was presented with the Community Partner of the Year award for their generous involvement and many years of in-kind donations to Lifeline of Ohio events.




The Lifeline of Ohio Infinity Award honors a media outlet for their commitment to furthering public understanding of organ, eye and tissue donation. This award was given to Good Day Columbus, ABC6/Fox28.






The Lifeline of Ohio Funeral Services Partner of the Year Award, was presented to Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes and Crematory. This award is presented to a member of the funeral services community who has demonstrated professional excellence in support of organ, eye and tissue donation.


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