JOPLIN, Mo. – Mercy Hospital Joplin received Saving Sight’s 2016 Excellence in Eye Donation Award today. This marks the third year the hospital has been honored for achievements in providing the gift of sight to those needing a cornea transplant.
Overall, Mercy Hospital Joplin achieved a 55 percent consent rate for eye donation in 2016. Hospital staff helped to facilitate 28 eye donation cases, which resulted in 30 individuals receiving restored sight through a cornea transplant.
“We are a committed partner of Saving Sight,” said Dennis Manley, the hospital’s chief nursing officer. “We are blessed to be able to help restore vision to others.”
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 2016 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 Joplin 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 like Mercy Hospital Joplin, 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, visit donatelife.net.