BELLAIRE - Belmont Community Hospital has been recognized by Lifeline of Ohio for raising awareness of the need for organ and tissue donors.
BCH, a division of Wheeling Hospital, partnered with Lifeline's Donate Life Ohio project, the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health's Second Chance Trust Fund by participating in the inaugural 2012-13 Hospital Champions program.
Hospitals were invited to register as a Hospital Champion to reach out into their hospital and community to educate and register donors.
They also assisted patients interested in registering as organ donors. Collectively, 57 hospitals in Ohio participated.
"We are happy to recognize Belmont Community Hospital as a Bronze partner in the Hospital Champions Program," said C. Kent Holloway, chief executive officer of Lifeline of Ohio. "This hospital's work in the past year gives hope to those who are waiting for a life-saving organ transplant."
Anita Day, the BCH liaison to Lifeline of Ohio, said, "The efforts of our team at Belmont Community Hospital will help others recognize the need for more registered organ and tissuedonors, and take action to register."
"This award is reflective of the caring nature of the staff at BCH and how people personally take their roles in health care." said John DeBlasis, vice president at BCH, citing the involvement of Anita Day.
Currently, there are more than 120,000 U.S. residents, including 3,400 Ohioans, waiting for a life-saving transplant.
"Last year approximately 28,052 Americans received a life-saving organ transplant," said Darla Kuri, BCH director of nursing. "When just one individual makes the decision to donate, they can change the lives of more than 50 others."
For more information on registering as an organ donor, call Day at 740-671-1455.