The Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) is pleased to acknowledge Sande Egnor as the recipient of the Thomas Poliziani Living Legacy Scholarship, which honors an outstanding health care professional who champions organ, tissue and cornea donation within CORE’s service area. The recipient is able to use the scholarship to further support organ, tissue and cornea donation within their health care facility or in the community.
Egnor was recognized with the scholarship during the seventh annual Donate Life West Virginia Collaborative, which provides health care professionals with collaborative knowledge and best practices related to organ and tissue donation.
“On behalf of CORE, I’m pleased to congratulate Sande and would like to thank her for her ongoing commitment to organ, tissue and cornea donation,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE. “We are pleased to honor the memory of Thomas Poliziani through this scholarship and look forward to recognizing other deserving health care professionals in West Virginia in the future.”
Egnor has spent her 23-year career as a nurse at CAMC General Hospital, where she currently serves as a critical nurse manager for the neuroscience and medical intensive care units. Prior to this, she spent 20 years in the surgical trauma ICU where she worked as a staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical coordinator and manager.
Egnor plans to use the scholarship to begin a recognition program for CAMC’s donor families through the presentation of a quilt at the time of donation. She also plans to create a donor wall, which will serve as a permanent memorial to honor organ, tissue and cornea donors at the hospital.
The Thomas Poliziani Living Legacy Scholarship is named for Pittsburgh native Thomas Poliziani who was engaged to be married when he died at the age of 34 in 2008. At the time of his death, his family decided to donate his two kidneys so that his legacy would live on.
Reprinted from CORE Connections newsletter, December 2011