Saving Sight, one of the largest eye banks in the country, will be recognizing the staff at Cox Medical Center Branson on Friday, March 25, for their outstanding commitment to donation.
Saving Sight awards the Excellence in Eye Donation Award to its partner hospitals that achieve an eye donation consent rate of more than 45 percent and had at least 10 patients donate eye tissue in 2015. Last year, staff at Cox Branson helped to facilitate 23 eye donation cases, which resulted in 22 individuals receiving restored sight through a cornea transplant. Overall, the hospital achieved a 64 percent consent rate for eye donation.
The Excellence in Eye Donation Award was created in 2014 to recognize hospitals that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to eye donation. Fewer than 15 percent of Saving Sight’s partner hospitals are being recognized with the honor. This year marks the second time Cox Branson will receive an Excellence in Eye Donation Award.
“We applaud Cox Medical Center Branson for empowering others to give the gift of sight and for striving to create a culture that supports donation,” said Tony Bavuso, CEO of Saving Sight. “Thanks to the generosity of eye donors and their families, and the staff at Cox Medical Center Branson, more people than ever were able to receive a sight-saving cornea transplant last year.”
The Saving Sight award will be presented to Cox Branson at 11:30 a.m. March 25 in the CoxHealth Outpatient Center lobby. In conjunction with the Saving Sight honor, Mid-America Transplant will have representatives on hand starting at 9 a.m. registering first-person donors. Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will also host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. in the Cox Branson Tree Rooms that day.
In Springfield, Cox South will be receiving an Excellence in Eye Donation Award on April 15. Cox South achieved a 60 percent consent rate with 150 donors.
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. With the help of hospital partners like Cox Branson, Saving Sight provided corneas for more than 3,000 of those transplant surgeries in 2015. For more information on becoming an eye, organ and tissue donor please visit donatelife.net.