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Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) hosted its 9th Annual Donor Recognition Wall dedication ceremony on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The donor wall, located on the 3rd floor of the main campus Clinical Pavilion, is dedicated to all organ, tissue, and cornea donors. The ceremony is held annually during National Donate Life Month in April. The goal of this month long observance is to highlight the critical need for designated donors.
Conemaugh Memorial is a two-time recipient of the Thomas Poliziani Living Legacy Scholarship, by the Pennsylvania Hospital Collaborative in Pittsburgh, which helped fund the creation and implementation of the wall. The wall includes frames for 35 photos. The wall includes a "life tree" and words emulating the characteristics of donors including caring, compassion, respect and love. A poem entitled "My Final Gift", written by Suzanne Anderson, the late wife of a CORE employee, is etched on a glass piece. An interactive kiosk includes a database of Conemaugh Health System donors including names, photos, and year of donation.
Donations in 2018 by Conemaugh Health System patients resulted in 25 life-saving organ transplants, 40 cornea transplants and as many as 1,500 life-enhancing tissue transplants. Additionally, countless individuals may someday benefit from organs and tissues that were recovered for research.
Speakers during the event included:
The dedication event was coordinated by Conemaugh Health System's Donor Advisory Committee which works to increase organ, tissue, and cornea donor awareness and education within the Health System and the surrounding community. The Advisory Committee consists of Conemaugh employees from both clinical and non-clinical departments. Each member provides valuable insight to patient needs in relation to organ donation.
To learn more about organ donation, including how to register to be an organ donor, visit www.conemaugh.org/OrganDonation.