All three of Agnesian HealthCare, a member of SSM Health, hospitals were recently recognized by the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin (LEBW) at its annual Crystal Vision Awards ceremony.
Since 2007, LEBW has honored advocates of donation who have shown commitment and dedication to raising awareness and educating communities on the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.
Ripon Medical Center, St. Agnes Hospital and Waupun Memorial Hospital each were recognized among a total of 18 recipients from various categories - surgeons, hospitals, medical examiners, funeral homes and community partners.
In 2018, Ripon Medical Center donors provided sight to an estimated four recipients not only in Wisconsin but throughout the United States and world. St. Agnes Hospital helped an estimated 28 recipients with Waupun Memorial Hospital helping an estimated two recipients.
The 2019 Crystal Vision Award recipients continue to demonstrate that commitment and passion by sharing the mission of saving and healing lives through the gift of transplantation and the support of their community. Agnesian HealthCare hospitals were honored as hospital partners.
In 2018, LEBW served more than 1,000 donors and families, and placed more than 1,500 corneas with corneal surgeons in Wisconsin, throughout the United States and around the globe. LEBW’s purpose is to support donors and their families during their time of loss and facilitate the recovery of corneas for transplant, to restore sight to the visually impaired.
Currently, there are over 2,000 people that are on the waiting list for an organ transplant in Wisconsin and almost 115,000 people domestically. The impact of one donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation, restore sight for two people and save and heal more than 75 lives through tissue donation. For more information about organ, eye and tissue donation or to register as a donor, visit www.lebw.org.