Saving Sight, one of the largest eye banks in the country, recognized the staff at Cox Medical Center South on Friday, April 15, for their outstanding commitment to donation.
In 2015, staff at Cox Medical Center South helped to facilitate 150 eye donation cases, which resulted in 143 individuals receiving restored sight through a cornea transplant. Overall, the hospital achieved a 60 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 will be recognized with a 2015 Excellence in Eye Donation Award. This year marks the second time Cox Medical Center South will receive the honor.
“We applaud Cox Medical Center South for empowering others to give the gift of sight and for striving to create a culture that supports donation,” says Tony Bavuso, CEO of Saving Sight. “Thanks to the generosity of eye donors and their families, and the staff Cox Medical Center South, more people than ever were able to receive a sight-saving cornea transplant last year.”
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 Medical Center South, Saving Sight provided corneas for more than 3,000 of those transplant surgeries in 2015.