Passavant Honored for Eye Donations

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Jacksonville - Passavant Area Hospital is being honored for it's efforts in providing the gift of sight to those needing an eye transplant. Today, Passavant Area Hospital will receive Saving Sight's 2015 Excellence in Eye Donation Award. 

The Excellence in Eye Donation Award was created in 2014 to recognize hospitals that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to eye donation. Hospitals in Saving Sight's service area of Missouri, Kansas and Illinois that achieved an eye donation consent rate exceeding 45 percent with at least 10 donors during the 2015 calendar year are being awarded the honor this year. Fewer than 15 percent of Saving Sight's partner hospitals will receive the Excellence in
Eye Donation Award in this year.

In 2015, staff at Passavant Area Hospital helped to facilitate 14 eye donation cases, which resulted in 22 individuals receiving restored sight through a cornea transplant. Overall, the hospital achieved a 57 percent consent rate for eye donation.

"We applaud Passavant Area Hospital for empowering others to give the gift of sight and for striving to create a culture that supports donation," said Tony Bavuso, CEO of Saving Sight. "Thanks to the generosity of eye donors and their families, and the staff at Passavant Area Hospital, more people than ever were able to receive a sight saving cornea transplant last year."

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