The Center for Organ Recovery & Education Appoints New Board Member

Pittsburgh, April 24, 2014The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) is pleased to announce that Joe Letnaunchyn, president and CEO of West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA), was appointed to its Board of Directors in March.

“As the president of the West Virginia Hospital Association, Joe has been a trusted partner of CORE for many years,” said Susan Stuart, president and CEO of CORE.  “Through the many initiatives we collaborate on with WVHA, such as the annual hospital challenge, Joe’s continued dedication and support demonstrates his tireless commitment to CORE and its mission.  We are honored to have him join our board of directors.”

Letnaunchyn has more than 38 years of healthcare experience, 26 of those working with state hospital associations representing multi-hospital health systems, specialty hospitals, and small, rural and critical access hospitals. He is actively involved in state and federal legislative activities, and participates in business and other healthcare-related organizations. He is also a frequent speaker before numerous hospital and health systems boards and professional organizations.  Letnaunchyn holds an undergraduate degree in accounting from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, MD and a Master of Science in Health Services Administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL. He also served as an adjunct faculty member in the graduate studies program with the University of St. Francis.

The CORE Board of Directors is comprised of nine to 15 voting members. Each must demonstrate a strong commitment to CORE’s mission and may serve three consecutive three-year terms, or a total of nine years.

For more information about CORE, visit or call 1-800-DONORS-7.

About CORE
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 deliver the gift of hope by coordinating the surgical recovery of organs, tissues and corneas for transplantation.  CORE also facilitates the computerized matching of donated organs, tissues and corneas.  With headquarters in Pittsburgh and an office in Charleston, West Virginia, CORE oversees a region that encompasses 155 hospitals and almost six million people throughout western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, NY.  For more information, visit or call 1-800-DONORS-7.

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