Mercy Hospital Springfield Honored for Organ Donation Efforts

November 12, 2014

The Missouri Hospital Association has recognized Mercy Hospital Springfield with a Donate Life Award honor for exceptional leadership in raising awareness of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

The award was presented on Thursday, Nov. 6, during an awards luncheon at the Missouri Hospital Association’s 92nd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Two organ procurement organizations provide services in Missouri. Mid-America Transplant Services leads the regional organ, tissue and eye donation programs throughout eastern and southern Missouri, southern Illinois and northeastern Arkansas. Midwest Transplant Network leads donation and transplantation efforts for western Missouri and Kansas.

Mercy Hospital Springfield was recognized with a Donate Life Award for the Mid-America Transplant Services region.

The Missouri Hospital Association says Mercy Hospital Springfield has demonstrated significant success in 2013 in all areas of organ and tissue donation. In 2013, the hospital had the highest number of organ donors in the Mid-America Transplant Services hospital network. The hospital had an 80.5 percent conversion rate of potential vital organ donors and a 99 percent referral and approach rate of all potential vital organ donors, resulting in 101 tissue donors.

Mercy Hospital Springfield participates on the Governor’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee, which has been instrumental in improving donation rates. The hospital constructed a donor memorial to recognize and thank those who gave others a chance at life.

The Missouri Hospital Association is a not-for-profit association in Jefferson City that represents 152 Missouri hospitals. In addition to representation and advocacy on behalf of its membership, the association offers continuing education programs on current health care topics and seeks to educate the public, as well as legislative representatives, about health care issues.


PHOTO: Back row, left to right: Joan Keiser, Chaplain; Rich Raymond, RN Burn Unit; Dr. Magnus Meyer, Critical Care Medicine; and Jordan Steele, RN Medical ICU (6AICU). Front row, left to right: Jessica Atchison, RN Neuro-Trauma ICU; Julia Brunner, RN Mid America Transplant Services; Deborah Hutchison, RN Surgical ICU; Traci Smith, Mid America Transplant Services; and Rachel Amos, RN Cardiac ICU. Missing: Rachelle Phipps RN Pediatric ICU