Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Mid-America Transplant Foundation donates $17,250 to create scholarship fund in memory of Dr. Thomas Briggs

From Mid-America Transplant Services: The Mid-America Transplant Foundation presented a $17,250 donation to CoxHealth in memory of Dr. Thomas Briggs. The donation will be used to establish the Dr. Thomas Briggs Endowed Scholarship fund for registered nurses in the fields of trauma and neuro-critical care, Dr. Briggs’ area of expertise, to help them pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

In addition to his role as a neurological surgeon at CoxHealth, Dr. Briggs served as a Mid-America Transplant board member more than 15 years. 

“Dr. Briggs was instrumental in elevating Mid-America Transplant as a leading organ and tissue procurement organization,” said Diane Brockmeier, president and CEO at Mid-America Transplant. “He was deeply passionate about our mission to save lives through excellence in organ and tissue donation, and shared that message with his patients and the Springfield community. We will greatly miss him on our board, but take comfort in celebrating his memory by supporting nurses as they pursue their degrees.” 

“Dr. Briggs was a valuable, revered and respected member of CoxHealth’s medical community, and is missed by many,” says Ron Prenger, senior vice president and CHO for CoxHealth. “It is an honor to have this scholarship available, which will both preserve his memory and continue his legacy through the work of others.”

A board-certified neurological surgeon, Dr. Briggs was a founding physician of Springfield Neurological Institute and served as medical director at the DermaHealth Laser and Skin Care Clinic at the time of his death. As a physician, Dr. Briggs worked diligently to educate physicians and nurses on neurological issues and procedures, and was a strong advocate for organ and tissue donation. He passed away on Dec. 24, 2015, after a lifelong battle with heart problems.