CORE Hosts Organ Donation Symposium to Energize Hospital Partners

Event Will Take Place Thursday, May 5 in Charleston, W.V.

Pittsburgh, March 3, 2016 – With more than 500 people waiting for an organ transplant in West Virginia, narrowing the gap between donors and those in need might seem daunting—but through collaboration, community outreach and education, it’s a goal within reach.

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, will host its CORE Hospital Partner Education Symposium to discuss how the industry can better reach milestones in organ, tissue and cornea donation through this year’s theme, “Mission: Possible!”

The purpose of the symposium, which will take place Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Four Points Sheraton in Charleston, W.V., is to inspire healthcare industry leaders to become enthusiastic about the life-affirming benefits of donation and ignite them with the tools to save and enhance lives through organ, tissue and cornea donation.

Approximately 200 West Virginia nurses, physicians, hospital administration and staff are slated to attend this year’s symposium, which will feature guest speakers, including donor families, recipients, physicians and nurses—all of whom have been impacted by donation. Education credits will be provided to those in attendance.

“We are very excited at the opportunity to provide our hospital partners in West Virginia with the most up-to-date information on organ, tissue and cornea donation,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE. “We hope our guests will leave the presentation with confidence that our mission to save and enhance lives through donation is possible with their collaboration.”

Nationally, more than 121,000 people are awaiting an organ transplant. At least 22 people will die each day without receiving one, including two from CORE’s service area. For every person who donates their organs, tissue and corneas, up to 50 lives can be saved or dramatically improved.

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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 health care professionals to coordinate the surgical recovery of organs, tissues 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 155 hospitals and almost six million people throughout western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, NY. For more information, visit or call 1-800-DONORS-7.

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