St. Catherine Hospital Receives Excellence in Eye Donation Award

(GARDEN CITY, KAN.) St. Catherine Hospital has been awarded Saving Sight's 2015 Excellence in Eye Donation Award, recognizing the partner hospital for achievements in providing the gift of sight to those needing a transplant last year. In 2015, associates at St. Catherine Hospital helped to facilitate 11 eye donation cases, which resulted in 11 individuals receiving restored sight through a cornea transplant. Overall, the hospital achieved a 52 percent consent rate for eye donation.

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 will receive the award. Fewer than 15 percent of Saving Sight's partner hospitals will be recognized with a 2015 Excellence in Eye Donation Award.

Each year around 48,000 individuals in the United States require a cornea transplant to restore vision that has been lost due to disease, disorder or injury. With the help of hospital partners like St. Catherine Hospital, Saving Sight provided corneas for more than 3,000 of those transplant surgeries in 2015.

St. Catherine Hospital is one of 10 hospitals in Kansas to receive this award and the only one in southwest Kansas. For more information on becoming an eye, organ and tissue donor please visit donatelife.net.

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

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About St. Catherine Hospital

St. Catherine Hospital was founded by two pioneering physicians and the Dominican Sisters in 1931 and is a Joint Commission-accredited, award winning regional health care center that provides a full-range of medical specialties in southwest Kansas. Exceptional care, extraordinary people - it's what makes the St. Catherine Hospital difference. For more information, please visit www.stcatherinehosp.org.

About Saving Sight

Saving Sight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to change lives by saving sight. Founded in Columbia, Mo. in 1960, the organization introduced eye donation and the gift of sight to Missouri. Today, Saving Sight operates community healthy vision programs that serve more than 100,000 people worldwide each year with offices located in Missouri, Kansas, and central Illinois. For more information, please visit saving-sight.org.

About Centura Health

Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life(r) Colorado, we are making the region's best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. We're Centura Health, and we're here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit the Centura Health website.