POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A piece of Pleasant Valley Hospital will once again be going to the Rose Parade.
Pleasant Valley Hospital is pleased to participate in the Center for Organ Recovery & Education’s annual Rose Vial Signing event. On Nov. 21, Glen Washington, FACHE, PVH CEO, wrote a dedication message for a rose that will appear on the Donate Life Float in the 2017 Rose Parade.
“Pleasant Valley Hospital is honored to participate again this year in the CORE Rose Vial Signing. The sign as well as participation in the Rose Bowl Parade brings awareness to the importance of becoming an organ, eye, and tissue donor,” commented Glen Washington, FACHE, CEO.
Pleasant Valley Hospital’s dedicated rose will be placed in a vial that carries PVH CEO, Glen Washington’s unique, personal message of hope and remembrance to honor organ donors, recipients and those touched by organ, tissue and cornea donation. Altogether, these roses create a Dedication Garden that is a featured design element on the Donate Life float each year.
It takes 30 roses to cover just one square foot on a Rose Bowl Parade float. Each of the estimated 19 million flowers on display are meticulously positioned within a vial of water. For most of the 42 floats, the vials serve the sole purpose of keeping roses fresh to the viewing public; however, the Donate Life float is unique in the fact that each vial is inscribed with dedications and positive affirmations related to our mission of saving and enhancing lives. We are fortunate to provide the opportunity for hospital CEOs to write a message on an official Rose Parade vial, which will be used in the Tournament of Roses on January 2, 2017. This year’s entry, Teammates in Life is representative of the large community that makes it possible to save thousands of lives across the country each year.
Transplantation is one of the most remarkable success stories in the history of medicine. It provides hope to thousands of people with organ failure. In addition, transplanted tissue offers hundreds of thousands of people active and renewed lives.
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.