DMC striving for GOLD in challenge

ELKINS – Davis Medical Center (DMC) is “Going for Gold” during National Donate Life Month by joining hospitals and organizations throughout West Virginia in the challenge to increase awareness and register more organ donors in the state.

According to the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE), more than 120,000 people in the United States are waiting for an organ transplant. A total of 800 individuals in West Virginia are currently awaiting a transplant.

Throughout April, Davis is partnering with CORE to encourage individuals to make the Pledge for Life and become an organ, tissue or cornea donor. On April 29 from noon until 1 pm, Nicole Cornell, specialist with CORE, will present a “Lunch & Learn” at the DMC Cafeteria Overflow. Cornell will provide information about CORE, organ registration and donation. Continuing education is available for nursing professionals.

“Becoming a registered donor can provide someone a second chance at life,” said Kim Koert, RN BSN, director of education at DMC and coordinator of the local CORE challenge. “It only takes a few minutes to sign up but the gift you offer could last a lifetime.”

Kidney donations are the greatest in demand with at least 90,000 people in the U.S. in need. Liver, heart and lung transplants are also in demand.

“The number of people in need of transplants far exceeds the number of organs, tissues and corneas that are donated, and at CORE, one of our primary goals is to educate people on the need to become a donor,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE.

Anyone can be a potential donor regardless of age, race or medical history. For information about becoming a registered donor, contact Kim Koert at 304.637.0157 or visit