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Davis Health System Signs Rose Vials for 2018 Donate Life Rose Parade

January 03, 2018

ELKINS, WV – DEC. 19, 2017 – Vance Jackson, CEO, Davis Health System, and Dana Gould, CEO Broaddus Hospital  joined the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) for a rose vial signing ceremony. The rose vials signed separately for Davis Medical Center and Broaddus Hospital will be placed on the Donate Life Rose Parade® float featured at the 2018 Tournament of Roses® parade.

Celebrating its 15th year of participating in the parade, the Donate Life Rose Parade float is the centerpiece of a national effort of more than 50 organizations to reach a broad audience with the simple, life-giving message that donation saves and heals lives.

“We are honored to contribute to this float, which commemorates donors who have given the gift of life, while encouraging those watching at home to register as organ, tissue and cornea donors,” said Michelle Stanton, . BSN, RN, Chief Quality Officer/Risk Manager, Davis Medical Center.

This year’s float entry, The Gift of Time, reflects the parade’s theme of Making a Difference. The float celebrates the power of kindness and the generous acts of people throughout the world, who are making a positive difference in the lives of others. Perhaps no act is more emblematic of this than becoming a donor: A single organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and improve the lives of as many as 75 more by donating their corneas and tissue. As the world’s most visible campaign to inspire organ, tissue and cornea donation, The Donate Life Rose Parade float inspires viewers to help the over one million people in need of transplants each year.

“More than 35,000 life-saving transplants were performed in the United States last year, but tragically, 21 people still die each day waiting for a life-saving organ transplant,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO, CORE. “We hope the Donate Life Rose Parade float will call attention to this message, and we are inspired that Davis Medical Center  and Broaddus Hospital have symbolized their commitment to donation by signing a rose vial to adorn the float.”

Register today to be an organ, tissue and cornea donor at core.org/register.

About CORE

The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is one of 58 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States. CORE works closely with donor families and designated healthcare professionals to coordinate the surgical recovery of organs, tissue and corneas for transplantation. CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs and placement of corneas. With headquarters in Pittsburgh and an office in Charleston, West Virginia, CORE oversees a region that encompasses 163 hospitals and almost six million people throughout western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, New York. For more information, visit www.core.org or call 1-800-DONORS-7.