Mon Health SJMH honored by CORE

WESTON –  The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), the federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) serving West Virginia, is pleased to partner with the West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA) and Donate Life West Virginia, to honor 34 hospitals and health systems throughout the state, who have gone above and beyond to build a culture of donation within their facilities, including Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, in Weston.

“For more than 40 years, CORE has relied on our hospital partners to make our life-saving mission possible. That has never been truer than in the past year. Even with the challenges presented by COVID-19, West Virginia’s hospitals never wavered from their committed to organ, tissue and cornea donation. Their participation in this challenge during a truly unprecedented year is proof of that unwavering commitment,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE. “Thank you to our partners, who amidst a global pandemic, further strengthened the link between donation and transplantation, and gave CORE the privilege to care for more donors and donor families than ever before. Together, we brought light to a very dark time.”

Taking place from October 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021, the 2021 Donate Life West Virginia Hospital Challenge is an initiative of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)’s Workplace Partnership for Life Campaign & Hospital Challenge. The competition encourages state hospitals to highlight to the need for organ, eye, and tissue donors and register more West Virginians as donors.

Participating hospitals’ awareness and designation activities were captured on a scorecard, which was adapted for this year’s virtual format. Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital was recognized at a Silver level award winner. Awareness activities included providing CORE materials for new employees at Mon Health SJMH, providing news articles about the importance of CORE; displaying CORE posters, and holding a flag-raising ceremony.

Right now, 500 West Virginians are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant. In the 10 years of the Hospital Campaign, partners nationwide have added more than 575,000 donor registrations—increasing the number of organs available for transplantation to improve the lives of others.