The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), a federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organization (OPO) serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and parts of New York, is pleased to recognize 24 West Virginia-based hospitals with the West Virginia Governor\u2019s Award for Life 2013.\u00a0 The awards ceremony took place during the West Virginia Hospital Association\u2019s annual meeting on Sept. 26, at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs. The award recognizes area hospitals that have been successful in supporting organ, tissue and cornea donation within their own health care facilities, and have achieved increased donation rates as a result. Misty Enos, interim director of professional services and community outreach at CORE, recognized leaders from the 24 hospitals, including: Boone Memorial Hospital (Madison), CAMC General Hospital (Charleston), CAMC Memorial Hospital (Charleston), CAMC Teays Valley Hospital (Charleston), CAMC Women & Children\u2019s Hospital (Charleston), Camden Clark Medical Center (Parkersburg), City Hospital (Martinsburg), Greenbrier Valley Medical Center (Fairlea), Jefferson Memorial Hospital (Ranson), Logan Regional Medical Center (Logan), Monongalia General Hospital (Morgantown), Ohio Valley Medical Center (Wheeling), Plateau Medical Center (Oak Hill), Pleasant Valley Hospital (Point Pleasant), Raleigh General Hospital (Beckley), Reynolds Memorial Hospital (Glen Dale), St. Mary\u2019s Medical Center (Huntington), Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital (Weston), Summersville Memorial Hospital (Summersville), Thomas Memorial Hospital (South Charleston), United Hospital Center (Bridgeport), Weirton Medical Center (Weirton), West Virginia University Hospitals (Morgantown) and Wheeling Hospital (Wheeling).\r\n\r\n \r\n\u201cOur hospital partners are the critical link between donation and transplantation.\u00a0 With compassion, they help a patient\u2019s family understand the options and then communicate how their loved one\u2019s legacy can live on through donation.\u00a0 At CORE, we are proud to work with these hospitals and to recognize them for their ongoing commitment to organ, tissue and cornea donation,\u201d said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE. \u201cAs a result of their efforts, more lives are able to be saved or enhanced through organ, tissue and cornea donation in West Virginia.\u201d\r\n\r\n \r\nWith the support of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, former governor of West Virginia, the West Virginia Governor\u2019s Award for Life was implemented in 2007 through a collaboration of the West Virginia Hospital Association, CORE and the other organ procurement organizations that serve West Virginia:\u00a0 Lifeline of Ohio (LOOP), LifeNet Health and Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA).\r\nNationally, more than 119,000 people are awaiting an organ transplant.\u00a0 At least 18 will die each day without receiving one, including two from CORE\u2019s service area.\u00a0 For every person who donates their organs, tissues and corneas, up to 50 lives can be saved or dramatically improved.\r\nFor more information about CORE, visit www.core.org or call 1-800-DONORS-7.