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Barbara and John Ware Donate Life Award Nominations

About the Barbara and John Ware Donate Life Hospital Award

LifeLink of Georgia is accepting nominations for the presentation of the Barbara and John Ware Donate Life Award, which honors hospital partners who are committed to saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation. The Barbara and John Ware Donate Life Awards are awarded annually to two hospitals within the LifeLink of Georgia service area.

After retirement from the United States Army, John Ware (above) experienced kidney failure and required a lifesaving kidney transplant. He and his wife, Barbara (at left), already spent their time volunteering for numerous worthy causes but John’s experience as a transplant recipient added another important mission to their lives – organ donation. Together, John and Barbara, who had been registered organ donors years before transplantation impacted their lives directly, encouraged others in their community to register as organ donors because, as John said, “If I had not received my transplant, I would not be here today.” Eight years following John’s kidney transplant, Barbara suffered a stroke and John carried out her decision to become an organ donor. Knowing Barbara gave life to others in the same way he had received provides John with comfort and pride. 


Nomination Criteria and Form

Hospitals should be nominated based upon their demonstrated support of organ and tissue donation, and nominations should include specific examples of initiatives, events or activities that the hospital has participated in to increase the opportunity for organ and tissue donation within the clinical setting or in the community. Nomination criteria may include but are not limited to:

  • Hospital had a dramatic increase in donors or referrals due to specific efforts of a hospital champion, donation committee or team members
  • Hospital implemented a significant process change that that improved donation outcomes or the donation experience for the family
  • Hospital held a donation event that greatly increased the awareness of donation in the community they serve
  • Hospital created a memorial or event to pay tribute to patient who became organ donors
  • Hospital worked with local media sources to produce stories around donation and transplantation

Anyone can submit a hospital for consideration.  Nominations will be accepted through December 15. 

The 2020 winners will be chosen by the selection committee from all nominations that are received by the deadline and will be announced in January at Georgia Hospital Association’s Patient Safety and Quality Summit.