More Lives Saved, Thanks to Organ Donors

June 2, 2016

Right now, there are nearly 2,000 Missourians and 1,000 Kansans who are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. The Midwest Transplant Network (MTN) aims to shrink those numbers by working with donor families and hospitals to encourage and facilitate organ donation.

Based on 2015 donation numbers,  MTN has recognized Mercy Hospital Joplin with the Organ Conversion Excellence Award. The award means Mercy had at least four eligible organ donors and at least three ultimately gave the gift of life.

Jan Finn, COO, Midwest Transplant Network (far left), presents the award to (from left) Kathy Drenick, RN; Kevin Kepley, manager, RN; Alicia Marshall, RN; and
	N.J. Smith, RN; of the intensive care unit and cardiovascular intenstive care unit.

Jan Finn, COO, Midwest Transplant Network (far left), presents the award to (from left) Kathy Drenick, RN; Kevin Kepley, manager, RN; Alicia Marshall, RN; and N.J. Smith, RN; of the intensive care unit and cardiovascular intenstive care unit.

Midwest Transplant Network is a connection to organ and tissue procurement and public awareness exclusively for Kansas and the western two-thirds of Missouri. For additional information about MTN, visit mwtn.org.

 

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. 

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