CAMC General Hospital and CAMC Teays Valley Hospital have received the 2011 West Virginia Governor's Award for Life from the Center of Organ Recovery and Education (CORE). The award recognizes hospitals that have been successful in supporting organ, tissue and cornea donation within their own health care facilities, and have achieved increased donation rates as a result. This is the fifth consecutive year CAMC has received the award.
"Helping to save lives through our support of organ donation is reward in itself, but to be recognized for our commitment to organ donation is an honor that makes us extremely proud," said Mike Williams, vice president/administrator of CAMC General Hospital.
Nationally, more than 110,000 people are awaiting an organ transplant. At least 18 will die each day without receiving one, including two from CORE's service area. For every person who donates their organs, tissues and corneas, up to 50 lives can be saved or dramatically improved.