Merit Health Central honors those who saved and healed lives through donation
JACKSON, Miss., May 18, 2016 Merit Health Central today announced it is partnering with the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) and the Mississippi Lions Eye Bank in a ceremony to reveal a new memorial wall designed to honor organ, tissue and eye donors.
The ceremony is the first of what will become an annual tradition of honoring donors both past and present. Organ, eye and tissue donation offers many families comfort in the midst of loss, health hardship and grief.
“Creating a lasting tribute to those who gave hope and new life through donation has been a dream of ours for years,” said Kevin Stump, CEO, MORA. “There have been nearly 20 donors at Merit Health Central since our partnership began. “We are humbled by their selflessness and gracious for the opportunity to commemorate their incredible contribution to others.”
The Gift of Life Donor Wall features photographs of organ, tissue, and eye donors submitted by their loved ones.
“We are honored to create a special location that permanently recognizes the legacy of generosity left by our organ and tissue donors and their families,” said Jon-Paul Croom, CEO of Merit Health Central. “We are also thankful for Merit Health Central’s 20 year partnership with MORA and ardently support the value of organ and tissue donation for patients in need.”
Every day, an estimated 22 people die while waiting for an organ transplant. More than 122,000 Americans are in need of a life-saving organ transplant and approximately 1,500 are located in Mississippi. The level of necessity, blood type and size are among several criteria that determine who can receive a donated organ. One individual donor can provide organs and tissue for nearly 50 people in need.
Although hospitals are obligated by law to identify potential donors and inform families of their right to donate, anyone can sign up to become an organ donor by signing up online at msora.org or when renewing a driver’s license at the Department of Public Safety.
If a loved one was an organ donor at Merit Health Central and would like to be revered on the Gift of Life wall in the future, please contact MORA at (601) 933-1000 or visit www.msora.org.
Picture attached: (l to r): MORA CEO Kevin Stump, Mississippi Lions Eye Bank Executive Director Mike Flynt, Merit Health Chief of Nursing Laura Knight, Hursie Davis-Sullivan, MD, Chief of Staff Merit Health Central and Jon-Paul Croom, CEO of Merit Health Central stand in front of the Gift of Life Donor Wall unveiled at Merit Health Central in Jackson on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016.