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Mercy Willard Hospital Named Gold Partner for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Advocacy


6/11/2014 12:00:00 AM  --Mercy
Willard, OH – There are more than 3,400 Ohioans waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies waiting. Today, Mercy Willard Hospital was recognized by Donate Life Ohio, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ohio Department of Health’s Second Chance Trust Fund for taking action to reduce that number during 2014. The hospital was named a Gold Partner in the Small Hospital category of the 2013-2014 Hospital Champions program, aimed at increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registration. Mercy Willard and 46 other Ohio hospitals were recognized during the 2014 OHA Annual Meeting.
 
“Currently, more than 122,000 people nationwide – more than 3,400 of them from Ohio – await a lifesaving organ transplant,” said Lance Himes, Interim Director, Ohio Department of Health. “By registering new donors and sharing this lifesaving message through the Hospital Champions program, Mercy Willard is saving lives and helping to reduce the time critically ill patients must wait for a second chance at life.”
 
Mercy Willard raises awareness of organ, eye and tissue donation by distributing Donate Life materials in the hospital and giving out information during laboratory screening events. During the month of April, Mercy Willard promoted Donate Life month on Facebook and raised the Donate Life Ohio flag.
 
“We are pleased to be a Gold Partner for organ, eye and tissue donation advocacy,” said Lynn Detterman, president & CEO, Mercy Rural Division. “One person who says yes to donating life could save the lives of eight people through organ donation, and enhance the lives of 50 more through tissue donation.”
 
“We are so proud of our hospital champions for committing to promote this important initiative to our communities,” said Mike Abrams, OHA President and CEO. “We saw tremendous engagement from all our hospital partners who went above and beyond to support this cause.”
 
Donate Life Ohio is a coalition of the state’s organ, eye and tissue recovery agencies dedicated to educating Ohioans about the need for organ and tissue donation. In this effort to increase donor registrations, they are joined by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Public Safety. For more information, please visit www.DonateLifeOhio.org.
 
Through contributions made by individuals at Ohio’s BMVs while receiving or renewing their Ohio driver’s licenses or state identification cards, the Second Chance Trust Fund finances educational and action-oriented campaigns like the Green Chair campaign. A $1 contribution supports donation education in Ohio and gives hope to thousands of Ohioans waiting for a second chance through organ, eye and tissue donation.
 
OHA was established in 1915 and currently represents 167 hospitals and 19 health systems throughout Ohio. OHA is a membership-driven organization that collaborates with member hospitals and health systems to ensure a healthy Ohio. In 2012 Ohio hospitals contributed $73 billion to Ohio’s economy and provided $3.1 billion in community benefits. For more information, visit www.ohanet.org.
 
 
CONTACT
Fahlgren Mortine, on behalf of Donate Life Ohio and Second Chance Trust Fund
Melissa Carney
216.298.4676 office / 216.570.2026 cell
Melissa.carney@fahlgren.com
 
Ohio Hospital Association
John Palmer
614.221.7614 office / 614.314.3822 cell
johnp@ohanet.org
 
LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, Cincinnati
Andi O’Malley, Director of Public Affairs
513.558.5555 office / 513.315.1785 cell
 
Lifebanc, Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown
Charisse Ausbrook, Manager of Public Relations
216.820.4908 
 
Lifeline of Ohio, Columbus, Zanesville
Marilyn Pongonis, Director of Communications
614.384.7330 office / 614.580.0393 cell
 
Life Connection of Ohio, Toledo, Dayton
Kara Steele, Director of Community Relations
419.893.1618 office / 419.367.9958 cell
 


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