Winchester, Kentucky (June 13, 2012) – Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates will hold a special presentation at Clark Regional Medical Center tomorrow, Thursday, June 14 beginning at 12:00 p.m. The presentation will be held to celebrate Clark Regional Medical Center’s recognition as the 2011 Excellence in Tissue Donation Performance. For the third year in a row CRMC has had the highest number of tissue donors in the state of Kentucky. In 2011 CRMC had a fifty percent conversion rate compared to an average of twenty percent across the state.
Also to be announced during the presentation will be the recipient of the 2012 Eye Bank Association of America, Gift of Sight Award. The Gift of Sight Award is presented to an individual who works closely with the eye bank community, who gone above and beyond the call of duty in support of eye and corneal donation. This award honors a person who has had an impact on eye bank and made an extraordinary contribution to sight restoration.
More than 700 Kentucky residents are waiting to receive life-saving hearts, livers, lungs, kidneys and other organs. Last year in Kentucky, 100 people donated organs, resulting in the “Gift of Life” for over 300 individuals. However, 18 people die every day in the U.S. waiting for an organ transplant and the national waiting list currently is more than 113,000 people.
For more information about organ and tissue donation visit www.kyorgandonor.org or to register to become an organ donor visit [www.donatelifeky.org].
About Clark Regional Medical Center
Part of LifePoint Hospitals®, Clark Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is an acute care community hospital which has served the residents of east central Kentucky since 1917. The hospital has more than 100 physicians, 350 employees, and 75 volunteers and operates a family medicine and immediate care center in Winchester and a rural health clinic in Powell County. CRMC is fully accredited by the Joint Commission.
About LifePoint Hospitals
LifePoint Hospitals® is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates 54 hospital campuses in 18 states, including nine hospitals in Kentucky: Bluegrass Community Hospital in Versailles, Bourbon Community Hospital in Paris, Georgetown Community Hospital in Georgetown, Jackson Purchase Medical Center in Mayfield, Logan Memorial Hospital in Russellville, Meadowview Regional Medical Center in Maysville, and Spring View Hospital in Lebanon. With a mission of “Making Communities Healthier®,” LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider in the majority of the communities it serves. More information about the company, headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., can be found at www.LifePointHospitals.com. All references to “LifePoint,” “LifePoint Hospitals” or the “Company” used in this release refer to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. or its affiliates.
About Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA)
Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. KODA is an independent, non-profit organ and tissue procurement agency and was formed to establish a statewide educational and procurement network. KODA serves 114 counties in Kentucky, four counties in southern Indiana and two counties in western West Virginia. The KODA service area includes 112 hospitals, three transplant centers and a multicultural population of four million. For more information about KODA visit www.kyorgandonor.org.