MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Eleven of WVU Medicine’s member and managed hospitals were recognized Friday (Sept. 9) at the Donate Life West Virginia Hospital Challenge Awards Luncheon held at the Stonewall Resort in Roanoke.
The challenge encourages West Virginia hospitals to increase organ donation awareness and donor designations within their hospital and community. Outreach and designation activities are captured on a scorecard for participating hospitals to achieve levels based on point totals. The levels – from highest to lowest – are Titanium, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.
WVU Medicine Hospitals recognized in this year’s Hospital Challenge include:
Camden Clark Medical Center was also recognized for successfully retrieving the first placenta for tissue donation in the state.
“We are so grateful to our hospitals for raising awareness of the vital importance of organ donation,” said Michael Shullo, Pharm.D., WVU Medicine associate vice president for transplant services. “Heart disease and kidney disease are among the leading causes of death for residents of West Virginia. By encouraging people to register as organ donors, we can provide lifesaving transplants to all residents. of West Virginia right here at home.
The awards were presented on the same day that the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the private, nonprofit organization that operates the nation’s organ transplant system under contract to the federal government, announced that the United States- United had achieved their 1 millionth organ transplant, more than any other country in the world.
The WVU Medicine Transplant Alliance at JW Ruby Memorial Hospital is West Virginia’s first and only multi-organ transplant center, offering heart and kidney transplants to people across the state and area.
For more information about the WVU Medicine Transplant Alliance, visit WVUMedicine.org/Transplant. To register as a donor, visit RegisterMe.org/WVUMedicine.
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