MORA to Host Volunteer Training in Tupelo

The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency is hosting a Donate Life Ambassador volunteer training to be held at Midtown Pointe (formerly Gloster Creek Mall), 499 Gloster Creek Village, Tupelo, Mississippi, on Tuesday, February 16th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in volunteering in Northeast Mississippi and would like to attend this training, please contact Susan Bonds at 662.841.1960 or sbonds@msora.org.

MORA Offers Scholarship Opportunities

MORA Architecture Rendering

The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) will be presenting 12 scholarships in May to high school seniors across Mississippi who have a belief in the lifesaving and life improving gifts that organ, eye and tissue donation can be for others.

Eleven of the scholarships will be valued at $500 and a $1,000 scholarship will be also given in memory of Mrs. Glenda Irene Woodall.  Her son, Lavell Woodall, an Organ Recovery Coordinator for MORA, is presenting this scholarship in memory of his mother.  “My mother had the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to further their education by attending college.  I hope this will help make someone’s educational journey less stressful,” said Woodall.

This is the second year that MORA has offered scholarships statewide. “We feel like offering scholarships is a part of our civic duty,” said Kevin Stump, the Chief Executive Officer of MORA. “We believe in education and we feel there is not a better way to honor students that either have a connection to donation through a personal experience or just a belief in the lifesaving and life improving gifts that organ and tissue donation are to those in need. We are certain that these students will continue to seek out opportunities to promote donation in college and beyond and their testimonials are always very powerful,” Stump added.

Certain criteria must be met by seniors applying for a scholarship.  First, they must be a graduating senior from an accredited Mississippi high school.  They also must be accepted by a community college or university in Mississippi or have intentions of fall 2016 enrollment.  They must also have a grade point average of 2.5 or above, include two letters of recommendation one from a teacher and one from an adult of the student’s choice, and include an essay of 300 to a maximum of 750 words about their connection to donation, why they are registered donors or the importance of encouraging others to be donors.

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered no later than Friday, February 26, 2016 to:

Susan Bonds

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency

Midtown Pointe

499 Gloster Creek, Suite F1

Tupelo, MS 38801

For more information concerning these scholarships you can contact Susan Bonds, Community Outreach Coordinator via email at sbonds@msora.org or by phone at 662-841-1960.

MORA Breaks Ground on Clinical Addition

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The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, for a state of the art clinical addition at the agency’s headquarters located at 4400 Lakeland Drive in Flowood, MS.

CA Final Rendition

The 2.2 million dollar surgical suite facility will be one of seven national on-site organ and tissue recovery suites associated with an organ procurement organization (OPO). The on-site access will dramatically improve the timely recovery for organ and tissue donation, thus improving the outcomes for those in need of lifesaving organ transplants and life improving tissue graphs. “We are excited about this project for many reasons,” said Kevin Stump, the Chief Executive Officer of MORA. “First and foremost, this clinical addition will save more lives,” said Stump, who is in his 23rd year as the leader of the state’s only OPO. “That is the most important thing. The clinical addition will also be at the forefront of our industry, on the cutting edge of technology. We are very proud that we can represent the world of organ and tissue donation as an industry leader.”

The recovery suites will also help to reduce the agency’s cost associated with off-site recoveries, a cost reduction that will be passed on torecipients and transplant centers.

The projected opening of the new clinical addition will be in the fall of 2016.

Pictured above from left to right: MORA Manager of Physician Services Lee Waldrop, MORA Hospital Development Coordinator Sonny Soileau, MORA Advisory Committee Chairman Phillip Grady, MORA CEO Kevin Stump, MORA Family Care Specialist Vicki Shoemake, MORA Chairman of the Board Dr. Shirley Schlessinger, Jeff Peoples of Peoples Construction and Michael Boerner of Wier Boerner Allin Architects participate in the ceremonial dirt throw at the groundbreaking for the new clinical addition that is projected to open in the fall of 2016.

 

MORA to Break Ground on State of the Art Clinical Addition

Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency to Break Ground on State of the Art Clinical Addition

WHAT: Ceremonial groundbreaking for state of the art clinical addition at MORA Headquarters.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016, at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: MORA Headquarters, 4400 Lakeland Drive, Flowood, MS 39232

WHY: The 2.2 million dollar state of the art clinical addition will be one of seven on-site organ and tissue recovery suites associated with an organ procurement organization (OPO). The on-site access will dramatically improve the timely recovery for organ and tissue donation, thus improving the outcomes for those in need of lifesaving organ transplants and life improving tissue graphs. The recovery suites will also help to reduce cost associated with off-site recoveries, a cost reduction that will be passed on to recipients and transplant centers. The projected opening of the clinical addition will be in the fall of 2016.