Winchester, KY (September 20, 2011) –Today Winchester Community Leaders honored Arthur “Whitey” Walson for his dedication to Trust For Life with a reception in downtown Winchester. Clark Regional Medical Center donated $1000 to Trust for Life in honor of Walson’s role in founding the trust. “We are proud to recognize Mr. Walson’s lifelong advocacy for organ donation in Kentucky with a gift to advance the efforts of Trust for Life” said Kathy Love, CEO of Clark Regional Medical Center.
Walson’s dedication to tissue donation awareness began after losing a cousin awaiting a heart transplant. At the time, Walson served as Clark County Circuit Court Clerk and decided he didn’t want other families to suffer a similar loss. Walson felt that the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks could make a difference by raising money through their offices for organ transplantation awareness. Walson and his fellow Circuit Clerks took his idea to the Legislature and the Clerk’s State Association. With the legislature’s support, Circuit Clerks and deputies now ask everyone obtaining a driver’s license or state ID if they would like to become an organ donor and to donate $1 to promote organ donation throughout Kentucky.
Trust for Life was the first program of its kind in the United States. Currently over 30 states have called the Trust to learn how it operates and to learn how they can create similar programs in their states. To date, Trust for Life has raised over $7 million. With the funds raised and advocacy efforts, Trust for Life has registered over one million Kentuckians on the state registry. To register as a donor today, please visit: www.donatelifeky.org.
Clark Regional Medical Center is a 100 bed, community hospital which has served the residents of east central Kentucky since 1917. The hospital is affiliated with over 400 employees, 100 physicians and 100 volunteers. Currently construction of a $60 million state-of-the art replacement hospital is underway with a facility relocation anticipated in March 2012. CRMC was recently recognized by Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates for outstanding performance and advocacy in tissue donation.
LifePoint Hospitals®, Clark Regional Medical Center’s parent company is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates 52 hospital campuses in 17 states. 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, which is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, can be found on its website, www.LifePointHospitals.com. All references to “LifePoint,” “LifePoint Hospitals,” or the “Company” used in this release refer to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. or its affiliates.