Mercy Hospital Washington Recognized for Efforts to Change Lives by Saving Sight

March 20, 2017

Mercy Hospital Washington recently received Saving Sight’s 2016 Excellence in Eye Donation Award, the third 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 75 percent consent rate for eye donation in 2016. Co-workers at Mercy Hospital Washington helped to facilitate 20 eye donation cases, which resulted in 32 individuals receiving restored sight through a cornea transplant.

“It’s an honor for Mercy Hospital Washington to be able to assist Saving Sight with a worthy cause such as the gift of sight,” said Lora Copeland, ICU manager. “I would like to thank those who consented to the donation of their loved ones' corneas, for they have blessed many in their time of grief.”

Mercy Hospital Washington recognized with Saving Sight's "2016 Excellence in Eye Donation Award".

Mercy Hospital Washington recognized with Saving Sight's "2016 Excellence in Eye Donation Award".

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. Partner hospitals that achieved an eye donation consent rate exceeding 45 percent with at least 10 donors during the calendar year will receive the 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 Washington 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,”

With the help of hospital partners, 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

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

Mercy Hospital Washington, a member of Mercy, is a 166-bed hospital located just 50 miles southwest of St. Louis and serves all or parts of Crawford, Franklin, Gasconade, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren counties. The hospital offers comprehensive emergency, heart, cancer, surgical, obstetric, pediatric and other health services. The hospital is supported by the care of more than 140 physicians and advanced practitioners who are part of Mercy Clinic.

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