PLATINUM LEVEL: Pikeville Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Juanita Deskins accepts the platinum award from KODA Chief Executive Officer Julie Bergin, right, and Coordinator Lauren Salyer.
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Community Spotlight: PMC earns platinum award in organ donation campaign

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) was recognized by the national Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in its Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign.


PMC earned top honors as a Platinum level award winner for its efforts to promote organ donation awareness and registration between October 2016 and April 2017, both in the hospital setting and in the community.


Lauren Salyer, a Community and Hospital Outreach Coordinator with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) said she is grateful to PMC for its wonderful partnership.


"It has been an honor to work alongside PMC Physicians, Nurses and Administration to increase education in the hospital and in the community about how organ donation saves lives," she said. There are currently over 11,000 Pike County residents registered as organ donors. We hope that as more people learn about the miracle of donation and transplantation, more will register."


Created by HRSA in 2001, the Workplace Partnership for Life has grown to include a network of partner organizations at both the national and local level to foster efforts to increase donation.


PMC joined the HRSA Workplace Partnership for Life Campaign and has supported these efforts through various outreach initiatives and activities as part of the campaign. Some of those efforts include Donate Life Month kick off celebration, where various disciplines provided education over the importance of donation; a Tree of Life Lighting Ceremony, where individuals who have been organ and tissue donors were honored, along with many others.


PMC continues to partner with KODA to save and enhance lives through organ and tissue donation. KODA is one of 58 organ procurement organizations in the United States.


To become a registered donor; one can visit their local Circuit Court Clerk-Drivers Licenses Division or by visiting