FMC Named Gold Partner for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Advocacy.

There are more than 3,400 Ohioans waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies waiting. Recently, Fairfield Medical Center was recognized by Donate Life Ohio, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ohio Department of Health’s Second Chance Trust Fund for taking action to reduce that number during 2014.

“We feel very strongly about this cause and participate year after year because there are people that die every day without donors,” said Sherrie Ludwin, nursing manager and FMC Lifeline of Ohio advocate. “Becoming a donor is so simple and makes such a difference.”

FMC was named a Gold Partner in the Large Hospital category of the 2013-2014 Hospital Champions program, which is aimed at increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registration. FMC and 46 other Ohio hospitals were recognized during the 2014 OHA Annual Meeting.

“Currently, more than 122,000 people nationwide – more than 3,400 of them from Ohio – await a lifesaving organ transplant,” said Lance Himes, interim director of the Ohio Department of Health. “By registering new donors and sharing this lifesaving message through the Hospital Champions program, FMC is saving lives and helping to reduce the time critically ill patients must wait for a second chance at life.”

Some of the ways FMC reached out to the community during the campaign include: several radio shows at local radio stations, TV show appearances, serving as a host facility for the Donate Life Green Chair, a flag raising when a donation occurs and much more.

“We are so proud of our hospital champions for committing to promote this important initiative to our communities,” said Mike Abrams, OHA President and CEO. “We saw tremendous engagement from all our hospital partners who went above and beyond to support this cause.”

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