by Tim Church
BRANSON, Mo. – One of the largest eye banks in the country is recognizing the staff at Cox Medical Center Branson for their outstanding commitment to donation.
Saving Sight will present the Excellence in Eye Donation Award during a special ceremony on Friday, March 25th, at 11:30 a.m. in the CoxHealth Outpatient Center Lobby. Saving Sight grants the Excellence in Eye Donation Award to its partner hospitals that achieve an eye donation consent rate of more than 45-percent and had at least 10 patients donate eye tissue in 2015.
Last year alone, the staff at Cox Branson helped to facilitate 23 eye donation cases, which resulted in 22 individuals receiving restored sight through a cornea transplant. Overall, the hospital achieved a 64-percent consent rate for eye donation.
In conjunction with the Saving Sight ceremony, representatives with Mid-America Transplant be on hand starting at 9 a.m. on Friday to register first-person donors. Community Blood Center of the Ozarks will also be hosting a blood drive from Noon to 6 p.m. in the Cox Branson Tree Rooms that day.