Hannibal Regional Hospital received Saving Sight’s 2016 Excellence in Eye Donation Award, honoring the hospital for achievements in providing the gift of sight to those needing a cornea transplant. Overall, the hospital achieved a 70 percent consent rate for eye donation in 2016. Staff at Hannibal Regional Hospital helped to facilitate 10 eye-donation cases, which resulted in 10 individuals receiving restored sight through a cornea transplant.
“We are proud to have achieved a 100 percent referral rate, and will continue to work diligently to honor the organ and tissue donation wishes of our patients. We value our partnership with Saving Sight. We are always humbled to learn of those whose sight has been restored because of this program,” said Patty Brawner, vice president of nursing at Hannibal Regional.
“Children see to learn, parents watch their children grow and older adults maintain independent lifestyles thanks to the vision made possible through corneal transplants each year,” said Tony Bavuso, CEO of Saving Sight. “We are grateful to our partners at Hannibal Regional Hospital who believe in our mission to change lives by saving sight, and work with our courageous donors and donor families to make the precious gift of sight possible for countless individuals.”
With the help of hospital partners like Hannibal Regional Hospital, Saving Sight provided corneas for more than 2,900 corneal transplant recipients in 2016. Each year about 48,000 individuals in the United States require a cornea transplant to restore vision that has been lost due to disease, disorder or injury. For more information or to learn about becoming an eye, organ and tissue donor, please visit donatelife.net.
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 saving-sight.org.
Hannibal Regional Healthcare System serves residents of the Tri-State area from more than 10 locations and includes Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal Regional Medical Group and Hannibal Regional Foundation. Recognized by Healthgrades with a 2016 Outstanding Patient Experience Award, Hannibal Regional is in the top 15 percent in the nation for this category. In addition, Hannibal Regional has also received the 2017 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award, placing it in the top 5 percent in the nation for coronary interventional procedures, and a 2017 Joint Replacement Excellence Award from Healthgrades, which places it among the top 10 percent in the nation for joint replacement procedures. Hannibal Regional Medical Group is a growing multi-specialty physician group delivering primary, specialty and express care services at multiple locations in northeast Missouri. For more information on Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, visit hannibalregional.org.