Baptist Health Richmond receives award at Gift of Life Summit

May 22, 2019

Baptist Health Richmond received an Outstanding Achievement Award

RICHMOND, Ky. (May 22, 2019) – Baptist Health Richmond received an Outstanding Achievement Award for supporting organ and tissue donation at the Gift of Life Summit held on April 25 in Lexington, Kentucky. This is the second consecutive year the hospital has received this award.

The Gift of Life Summit celebrated saving lives through organ donation and healing lives through tissue and cornea donation. The event was hosted by Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and the Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust For Life (TFL). Each time a hospital calls KODA to refer a potential donor, the opportunity for the gift of life is possible for families.

 “As a hospital, it is our duty to save and heal lives. The mission of organ and tissue donation means so much to the generous donor families who give the gift of life, and of course, to those in our community to receive,” said Joni Berry, BSN, RN, CCRN-K, Director of ICU/CCU. “We are honored to support these courageous families as they make life possible.”

“The gift of donation and transplantation is not possible without the dedication of hospital partners like Baptist Health Richmond,” said Julie Bergin, President and CEO of Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates. “We are so grateful for their compassion and the lifesaving work they do each and every day.”

“Providing the opportunity for our community and hospital to become more aware of the mission of organ and tissue donation through KODA is an honor for our hospital,” said Mendy Blair, Baptist Health Richmond Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President. “It’s a privilege for our hospital to have the opportunity to play a small role in the gift of donation.”

At the Gift of Life Summit, hospital partners, coroners, Circuit Clerks and volunteers were awarded from throughout the KODA and TFL service area. Everyone is welcome to register as a donor to give hope to 1000 Kentuckians waiting and many more in need of tissue and cornea transplants. Simply say “yes” when you visit your Circuit Clerk’s office or go to