Several individuals and institutions were honored Saturday, March 7, 2009 by Lifeline of Ohio for their role in saving lives through organ and tissue donation. Seventeen awards were presented by the federally-designated organ procurement organization at the seventh annual ceremony, “An Evening with the Stars,” in Columbus, Ohio. Each award was introduced by a local individual whose life has been touched by donation. Among the presenters were organ transplant recipients, transplant candidates, living donors and donor family members.
Michelle McKissick, of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, was named Lifeline of Ohio’s Hospital Administrator of the Year. The award recognizes the guidance and direction of a member of a hospital administration team in promoting donation. McKissick is truly a champion for the cause, and developed the role of an in-house coordinator for the hospital.
Lifeline of Ohio (LOOP) is an independent, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and coordinate the donation of human organs and tissues for transplantation. Lifeline of Ohio is approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving 37 counties in Central and Southeastern Ohio, as well as Wood and Hancock counties, W.Va. Lifeline of Ohio provides service to 64 hospitals through its transplant coordinators. LOOP’s clinical staff is on call 24 hours a day to coordinate the recovery and transport if tissues and organs for human transplant.
Additionally, Lifeline of Ohio offers educational presentations for professional, civic, church and social organizations, as well as elementary through college-level school programs. These programs are offered year-round as a community services and are customized to meet the objectives of the particular audience. For more information, log onto www.lifelineofohio.org or call 800-525-5667.
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