Frazier honored by the Center for Organ Recovery

Crystal Frazier, an employee of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, was recently honored with several awards for her work during the past year in educating local residents about the work of CORE – Center for Organ Recovery and Education.

She was honored at a reception on Oct. 28 at SJMH.

Frazier won a $1,500 scholarship on behalf of the hospital from the Thomas Poliziani Living Legacy Scholarship fund. She will be using the money to create a wall display at the hospital to educate the public about organ donation. Frazier applied for the scholarship by submitting an essay outlining how an award would be used to further public awareness and increase and donor designation.

Frazier also won the External Partners Special Recognition Award, which recognized her for being an external partner exhibiting exceptional CORE values.

Nicole Cornell, the local CORE advocate, met with Frazier when she contacted CORE to see if she could volunteer in the effort. Crystal was inspired to work with CORE after she had read an inspirational story on Facebook about an organ recipient.

Cornell noted that Frazier worked with SJMH staff to learn more about the donation process by sponsoring and hosting donation booths at health fairs, community events and races. She also got more than 100 people to sign up as donors. She created posters, handouts and activities at the hospital to keep staff engaged in her effort.

Cornell also said that Frazier had been an inspiration to her on a personal level. She said that Frazier’s enthusiasm had made her realize why she had chosen to work in the field of organ donation and education.

Frazier also was able to involve the hospital in the West Virginia Hospital Challenge for CORE. The Weston Hospital was one of 13 hospitals in West Virginia participating in the Challenge. SJMH was awarded Gold Level honor for achieving more than 1,105 activity points and 113 new donor registrants. The winning hospital with the most points was Camden Clark, with over 2,000 activity points, however SJMH had the most donors.

Points were awarded for making presentations on CORE to the community, advertising and educating the public, or flying the CORE flag in prominent places.

Frazier stated that more important than any award, she feels that through working on this project she was able to make a difference in our community.

She is married to Josh Frazier and is the mother to Brady and stepmother to Seth and Nate Frazier. Her parents are Leonard and Nola McCray of Hacker Valley. She is a 1998 graduate of Webster County High School.

If you wish to sign up to be a donor, call Frazier at 304-269-8509.