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Published on May 27, 2015

MU Health Care Recognized for Maximizing Organ Donation Gifts

MTN Donation Award

From left: Rob Linderer, Midwest Transplant Network chief executive officer; Michael Dunaway, senior vice president of field operations with the Missouri Hospital Association; Stevan Whitt, MD, chief medical officer of the University of Missouri Health System; and Jan Finn, Midwest Transplant Network chief operating officer.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Health Care has been recognized by Midwest Transplant Network with an Excellence in Donation Award for saving lives through organ donations.

In order to receive the award, an organization must have at least four eligible donors with a conversion rate greater than 80 percent. In 2014, MU Health Care had 24 eligible organ donors with a conversion rate of 96 percent.

In addition to receiving an Excellence in Donation Award for organ conversion, two MU Health Care physicians have been recognized with individual honors. Stevan Whitt, MD, chief medical officer of the MU Health System, was recognized with an Excellence in Donation Award for his 10 years of service as a member of Midwest Transplant Network’s Critical Care Task Force. Jeffrey Coughenour, MD, medical director of University Hospital’s Frank L. Mitchell Jr., M.D., Trauma Center and the Staff for Life Helicopter Service, was recognized for his efforts in saving the lives of patients on waiting lists for an organ donation.

“These awards recognize the work that MU Health Care does to help provide donations to people in need of a lifesaving transplant,” said Jami Beezley, RN, hospital services coordinator with Midwest Transplant Network. “We greatly value our partnership with MU in helping us to further our mission of saving lives by honoring the gift of organ and tissue donation.”

Missouri residents are encouraged to learn more about becoming donors by visiting Midwest Transplant Network’s website at or by signing up for the Missouri donor registry at

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