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

At the Ohio Hospital Associations Annual Recognition Dinner, Donate Life Ohio, Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Healths Second Chance Trust Fund honored Barnesville Hospital for efforts to register donors and save lives in their service area.

More than 170 Ohioans died in 2012 when a lifesaving organ could not be found in time for transplant. Barnesville Hospital was recognized by Donate Life Ohio, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ohio Department of Healths Second Chance Trust Fund for taking action to reduce that number during 2013. The hospital was named a Gold Partner in the Small Hospital category of the 2012-2013 Hospital Champions program, aimed at increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registration. Barnesville Hospital and 56 other Ohio hospitals were recognized during the 2013 OHA Annual Meeting.

Currently, more than 114,000 people nationwide more than 3,400 of them from Ohio await a lifesaving organ transplant, said Dr. Ted Wymyslo, Director of the Ohio Department of Health. By registering new donors and sharing this lifesaving message through the Hospital Champions program, Barnesville Hospital is saving lives and helping to reduce the time critically ill patients must wait for a second chance at life.

I have seen the positive effects that donation has for recipients. Equally important is the role that donation plays in the grieving process of donor families, states Peggy Douglass. Thats why Barnesville Hospital is pleased to participate in the Hospital Champions program, providing donation advocacy in the organization and community.

Today, we commend Barnesville Hospital for their advocacy on behalf of donation and congratulate the organization for earning Gold status in this statewide program, said Mike Abrams, OHA President and CEO. We are thrilled to have their return participation in the 2013-2014 program and look forward to working with Barnesville Hospital to extend this important message in the year ahead.