Photo: Steve Tucker, President / CEO of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (seated), Jeff McBreen, Professional Services Liaison for CORE, and Pamela Swanboro, Director of Nursing Practice and CORE Advisory Committee Chair at Conemaugh Memorial.
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center is continuing its commitment to honoring local organ, tissue and eye donors and increasing awareness of donation on a national scale.
Steve Tucker, Conemaugh Memorial President, recently signed a rose vial to be used in the 2014 Rose Bowl Parade on the Donate Life float, sponsored by Partners of Donate Life America. On the vial, Tucker added the handwritten note of appreciation for all organ donors, "Thank you for giving the gift of life!" The vial will be placed on the float in the Donate Life Dedication Garden, sponsored by American Hospitals Association.
The theme for this year's Donate Life float is "Light Up The World" and will feature a festival of lanterns to inspire viewers worldwide to save and heal lives through organ, tissue and cornea donation. Each lantern will be adorned with seventy-two memorial floragraph portraits of donors, including a portrait of Kevin Ellis Boyles of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, from the CORE service area. CEOs from hospitals across the nation are participating in this dedication through signing of flower vials for the Dedication Garden.
"I am honored to sign this vial for the Donate Life float," says Tucker. "Each day, thousands of individuals are awaiting life-saving and life-enhancing donations. On behalf of Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, I extend our deepest gratitude for our organ, tissue and eye donors, and dedicate this rose vial to all who live through the gift of life they have given others."
"At Conemaugh Memorial, we constantly strive to increase awareness and education of organ donation," says Pamela Swansboro, Director of Nursing Practice and CORE Advisory Committee Chair at Conemaugh Memorial. "The act of becoming an organ donor is a selfless commitment to help individuals in need of organ, tissue and cornea donations. All organ donors can truly save the lives of others through a final act of kindness. They are heroes."
In 2012, donations from Conemaugh Memorial organ donor patients resulted in 34 life-saving organ transplants, 56 cornea transplants and as many as 1,500 life-enhancing tissue transplants. Photos of several donors are on display at the Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
The 125th Rose Parade is themed "Dreams Come True" and will feature 45 floral-decorated floats sponsored by a participating corporation or community organization, equestrian units and marching bands. The Rose Parade is hosted by the Tournament of Roses Foundation, a non-profit corporation. To date, the Foundation has granted over $2 million for diverse projects and programs to over 130 organizations. The Rose Parade in Pasadena, California will take place New Year's Day, January 1, 2014.
To learn more about organ, tissue and eye donation at Conemaugh Memorial, visit www.conemaugh.org/OrganDonation.
The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. CORE works closely with donor families and designated health care professionals to coordinate the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs and placement of corneas. For more information, visit www.core.org or call 1-800-DONORS-7.
About Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center
Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center (MMC), the flagship hospital of the Conemaugh Health System, is a regional referral hospital known for clinical excellence. Memorial has received HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence award for 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007, for clinical outcomes which are among the Top 5% in the nation. Learn more at the Conemaugh Health System’s all new website, www.conemaugh.org.
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