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Mercy Hospital St. Louis receives Donate Life Award from the Missouri Hospital Association

Posted November 13, 2013 in Hospital Partner News
20131107140927-6bbRepresentatives from Mercy Hospital St. Louis accept the Donate Life Award during an awards luncheon at the Missouri Hospital Association. Pictured are Robyn Weilbacher, Executive Director Nursing; Mary McCoy, Nurse Manager Trauma/Neuro ICU; and ICU nurses Sarah Gegg, Whitney Wilson, Jessica Whitlock, and Stefanie Struckhoff.

Mercy Hospital St. Louis ´╗┐was one of two Missouri hospitals recognized by the Missouri Hospital Association with a Donate Life Award for its exceptional leadership in raising awareness of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Mercy represented the Mid-America Transplant Services region, and Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Mo. represented Midwest Transplant Network’s region.

The awards were presented Thursday, Nov. 7, during an awards luncheon at the Missouri Hospital Association’s 91st Annual Convention & Trade Show in Osage Beach, Mo.

Mercy Hospital St. Louis participates in several orientation programs offered by Mid-America Transplant Services to educate hospital staff about organ and tissue donation and transplantation. The hospital has a fountain on campus to honor donors and their families and to remind the community about the ongoing need for organ and tissue donation. The hospital’s Donor Council guides hospital policy on organ and tissue donation and provides ongoing education to hospital staff about the program. The hospital also has a core group of physician champions who work with Mid-America Transplant Services on donation issues.

The hospital’s tissue donation efforts have been consistent throughout the past five years, with a consent rate of near 50 percent and anticipated conversion rate of 100 percent in 2013. In 2012, the most recent full data year, the hospital’s 13 organ and 50 tissue donors supported the transplantation of 49 organs. 

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