April is National Donate Life Month, a time to encourage Americans to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those who have saved lives through the gift of donation. Lake Regional Health System is honored to support these individuals' generous decision and has received recognition from two partnering organizations — the Midwest Transplant Network and Saving Sight.
On April 20, the Midwest Transplant Network honored Lake Regional Health System with the Excellence in Donation Award for 2016. Lake Regional earned this award through honoring all patient requests to donate organs and tissue upon death and having processes in place to identify donors.
"We work diligently to make certain we call Midwest Transplant Network timely, as donating organs and tissue are potentially lifesaving measures for someone else," said Patti Muxlow, Lake Regional's senior vice president of Clinical Services. "We respect the right of those who wish to donate and honor their request as a symbol of respect for the life that has ended and see this as hope for the life in need."
On April 25, Lake Regional Health System received Saving Sight's 2016 Excellence in Eye Donation Award for the third year in a row. Fewer than 15 percent of Saving Sight's partner hospitals in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois will be recognized with this award, which goes to partner hospitals that achieved an eye donation consent rate exceeding 45 percent with at least 10 donors during 2016. Staff at Lake Regional helped to facilitate 33 eye donation cases, which resulted in 40 individuals receiving restored sight through a cornea transplant.
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to the residents and visitors of the lake region. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a three-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award. Lake Regional Health System also operates primary care, walk-in care, specialty care and rehab therapy clinics; retail pharmacies; and home health services throughout the lake area.
About Midwest Transplant Network
The successful development of organ and tissue transplantation is one of the most extraordinary triumphs of modern medicine. Unfortunately, the ability to deliver this miracle is limited by a severe shortage of donors. Midwest Transplant Network is the community's connection to organ and tissue procurement and public awareness exclusively for Kansas and the western half of Missouri. Midwest Transplant Network is a federally certified not-for-profit Organ Procurement Organization and has been committed to providing quality results in all facets of transplant and procurement services since 1973. For more information, visit www.mwtn.org.
About Saving Sight
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 www.saving-sight.org.