CAMC General, Memorial, Women and Children's, and Teays Valley hospitals have received the 2013 West Virginia Governor's Award for Life from the Center of Organ Recovery and Education (CORE). CAMC's hospitals were selected because of their efforts to increase awareness about organ, tissue and cornea donation and for their work with patients and families affected.
"Our hospital partners are the critical link between donation and transplantation," said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE. "With compassion, they help a patient's family understand the options and then communicate how their loved one's legacy can live on through donation. At CORE, we are proud to work with these hospitals and to recognize them for their ongoing commitment to organ, tissue and cornea donation. As a result of their efforts, more lives are able to be saved or enhanced through organ, tissue and cornea donation in West Virginia."
Nationally, more than 119,000 people are awaiting an organ transplant, and at least 18 will die each day without receiving one. For every person who donates their organs, tissues and corneas, up to 50 lives can be saved or dramatically improved.