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Frankfort Regional receives tissue donation award
Frankfort Regional Medical Center received the 2011 Tissue Donation Performance Award from KODA, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, the hospital announced.
KODA is an organ procurement organization that ensures Kentuckians are aware of the benefits of organ and tissue donation, and that they have the information necessary to make individual, informed choices regarding donation.
The hospital was recently presented the award by LeAnn Barber, client services coordinator of KODA at the hospital’s internal reception for the Phase I opening of its newly renovated Emergency Department.
“Organ and tissue donation is a very important and personal decision that can greatly affect and improve the lives of others,” said Linda Rittermeyer, chief nursing officer of Frankfort Regional Medical Center. “As an organization, we’re proud to receive the award from KODA and are committed to making sure our patients and their families have the necessary information about organ and tissue donation.”
Frankfort Regional is one of 20 hospitals out of 112 in the KODA service area to receive this recognition. The award was based on a conversion formula which required that a hospital have eight or more suitable cases in 2011, and that of those eight, at least 25 percent be authorized to use for donations. At FRMC in 2011, 25 cases were deemed suitable for tissue donation and 8 were authorized for donation.
Frankfort Regional’s partnership with KODA is paramount to its success in increasing life-saving donations. KODA provides staff members who specialize in working with donor families as well as provide important education to hospital personnel. FRMC also has an organ and tissue donation committee, led by clinicians and KODA representatives, to maintain awareness of the organ and tissue donation program, increase the number of donations and honor the generosity of donor families.
To become an organ and tissue donor, visit www.donatelifeky.org.
to honor former POWs,
families of MIAs
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, located at 2250 Leestown Road in Lexington, will be honoring former POWs and the families of soldiers missing-in-action during the National POW/MIA Recognition ceremony on Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m.
The ceremony, according to a press release from the medical center, will include patriotic music, special presentations and the recognition of more than 50 former POWs from the area.
The keynote speaker will be retired Lt. Col. Anthony Dotson, U.S. Army Coordinator with the Veterans Resource Center.
Salvation Army seeks
The Salvation Army will take applications for holiday assistance Oct. 8-10 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Other times can be scheduled by appointment on an individual basis, and applications will only be accepted during the week of Oct. 8-10, a press release from the Salvation Army said.
To get signed up, individuals must bring a picture ID, social security cards for all in the household, proof of all income, proof of all bills, a birth certificate or official proof of age for children 12 and under, and a copy of the individual’s food stamp letter if he or she receives food stamps.
Applications can be filled out at the Open Hands Food Pantry in Lawrenceburg, located at 1111 Industrial Road.