Summit Health CEO Patrick O'Donnell, left, honors organ donors with a written dedication with Jeffrey McBreen, right, regional professional services liaison with CORE.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Summit Health will be part of the Center for Organ Recovery and Education's "Never-Ending Story" with a dedicated rose and handwritten note on the 2015 Donate Life Rose Parade float.

Summit Health CEO Patrick O'Donnell wrote the dedication placed with the rose stating: "To all the donors from Chambersburg Hospital, thank you for the life you gave others."

Sponsored by the Center for Organ Recovery and Education, the Hospital Association of America and Donate Life America, the float honors the patients and families who have helped others through organ donation.

"It really is an honor for Summit Health to be involved with CORE in recognizing all the families that have been impacted by organ donation," O'Donnell said.

"I can't image how emotional it must be for those families whose loved one gave an organ and for those that received an organ. It's an amazing tribute."

This year's theme "The Never-Ending Story" was chosen to honor how organ, eye, and tissue donation is part of a never-ending story through its "endless power to save, heal, and transform lives," said Jeffrey McBreen, regional professional services liaison with CORE.

The Donate Life float is one of many float entries that will participate in the 126th Rose Parade on Jan. 1, 2015.

Summit Health is a non-profit network of hospitals and physician practices dedicated to building a healthier community.

As Franklin County's leading healthcare provider, Summit Health offers family care, specialists, lab and imaging services, a fitness center, two walk-in care centers, and two award-winning hospitals.