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Published on November 06, 2014

University Hospital and Clinics has been recognized by the Missouri Hospital Association with a Donate Life Award.

The award, which honors hospitals for exceptional leadership in raising awareness of organ and tissue donation and transplantation, was presented during an awards luncheon on Nov. 6 at the Missouri Hospital Association’s annual convention and trade show in Osage Beach, Missouri.

“This award recognizes the hard work that University Hospital and Clinics does to extend the legacy of donors and give hope to those waiting for organs,” said Jami Beezley, RN, hospital services coordinator with the Midwest Transplant Network.

University Hospital and Clinics was one of two organizations to receive a Donate Life Award. University Hospital and Clinics received the award for the Midwest Transplant Network region. Mercy Hospital Springfield received the award for the Mid-America Transplant Services region.

University Hospital and Clinics participates in several orientation events and educational activities offered by the Midwest Transplant Network region to educate hospital staff about organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

“Through the partnership between the hospital and Midwest Transplant Network, there are several opportunities to provide education on organ, eye and tissue donation through the nursing orientation process, as well as nursing staff meetings, critical care and trauma committee meetings, and Donor Council committee meetings,” Beezley said.

Events to honor donor families are held at University Hospital and Clinics, typically in April, which is National Donate Life Month. These events remember loved ones who donated organs as well as celebrate the lives that were saved by donations.

In 2014, every patient who has been eligible to become an organ donor has done so. This year, the hospital has transplanted 106 organs and had 34 organ and 83 tissue donors.

“Working with a partner like University Hospital and Clinics helps us to further our mission of saving lives and helps us deliver the gift of organ and tissue transplantation to the more than 2,500 people on the waiting list in Missouri and Kansas,” Beezley said.