LANCASTER, Ohio (March 8, 2013) – On Saturday, March 2, Fairfield Medical Center Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurse Monica Householder was presented the Lifeline of Ohio Nurse of the Year Award. This award is given annually to an outstanding hospital nurse for his or her role in saving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.
“Monica goes above and beyond on a daily basis,” said Carol Stefaniak, FMC ICU manager. “She gives high quality and compassionate care to her patients and recently ensured the protocol for organ, eye and tissue donation was followed. Once Lifeline of Ohio arrived on site, Monica continued to offer her assistance and ensured the team had all of the pertinent information, which helped to move the process forward. Because of her, two lives were saved. She most certainly deserves this award and we are very proud of her.”
A total of 14 awards were presented by the federally designated organ procurement organization at “An Evening with the Stars.” Each award was introduced by a local individual whose life has been impacted by donation. Among the presenters were a donor family member, organ and tissue transplant recipients, a candidate waiting for a life-saving heart transplant and an individual whose loved one died while waiting for a transplant.
“Monica is a beautiful example of the tremendous care nurses provide at Fairfield Medical Center,” said Cynthia Pearsall, FMC chief nursing officer. “It’s always good to celebrate an individual who gives so much in order to make a difference in the overall health of our community.”
According to Lifeline of Ohio, every day 18 men, women and children die while waiting for an organ transplant. And every 10 minutes another person is added to the national waiting list for organ donation. For questions or more information about organ and tissue donation, go to lifelineofohio.org or call 1-800-525-5667.
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Fairfield Medical Center
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