Mercy Jefferson Recognized for Efforts to Change Lives

March 17, 2017

Mercy Hospital Jefferson has received Saving Sight’s 2016 Excellence in Eye Donation Award. This marks the second year the hospital has been honored for achievements in providing the gift of sight to those needing a cornea transplant.

Overall, the hospital achieved a 68 percent consent rate for eye donation in 2016. Staff at Mercy Hospital Jefferson helped to facilitate 43 eye donation cases, which resulted in 52 individuals receiving restored sight through a cornea transplant.

Saving Sight representative Richard Hamilton, right, presented the 2016 Excellence in Eye Donation Award to Mercy Jefferson President Eric Ammons, and nurses Angie Leonard and Angie DeLeal.

Saving Sight representative Richard Hamilton, right, presented the 2016 Excellence in Eye Donation Award to Mercy Jefferson President Eric Ammons, and nurses Angie Leonard and Angie DeLeal.

Created in 2014, the Excellence in Eye Donation Award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to eye donation. Fewer than 15 percent of Saving Sight’s partner hospitals in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois will be recognized with a 2016 Excellence in Eye Donation Award.

“Children see to learn, parents watch their children grow and older adults maintain independent lifestyles thanks to the vision made possible through corneal transplants each year,” said Tony Bavuso, CEO of Saving Sight. “We are grateful to our partners at Mercy Hospital Jefferson who believe in our mission to change lives by saving sight and work with our courageous donors and donor families to make the precious gift of sight possible for countless individuals last year.”

Several members of the Mercy Jefferson leadership team were on hand for the Saving Sight award presentation.

Several members of the Mercy Jefferson leadership team were on hand for the Saving Sight award presentation.

With the help of hospital partners like Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Saving Sight provided corneas for more than 2,900 corneal transplant recipients in 2016. Each year around 48,000 individuals in the United States require a cornea transplant to restore vision that has been lost due to disease, disorder or injury. For more information or to learn about becoming an eye, organ and tissue donor, please visit donatelife.net.

Saving Sight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to change lives by saving sight. Founded in Columbia, Mo. in 1960, the organization introduced eye donation and the gift of sight to Missouri. Today, Saving Sight operates community healthy vision programs that serve more than 100,000 people worldwide each year with offices located in Missouri and central Illinois. For more information, please visit saving-sight.org.

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