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% consent rate for eye donation in 2016 and 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.,” states Patty Brawner, Vice President of Nursing.
“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.” 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. For more information or to learn about becoming an eye, organ and tissue donor, please visit donatelife.net.