Congratulations to the 2016 Spero Award Winners

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MISSISSIPPI ORGAN RECOVERY AGENCY HONORS THOSE WHO ARE COMMITTED TO SAVING AND HEALING LIVES THROUGH ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONATION

3rd Annual Spero Awards held at Old Capitol Inn, Jackson

The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) served as host for the 3rd Annual Spero Awards on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson. The awards ceremony recognized hospital partners, medical professionals, corporate partners and donor ambassadors who work tirelessly in conjunction with MORA to promote organ, eye and tissue donation to ultimately save and heal lives.

A total of 15 Spero Awards were presented to individuals and organizations from areas throughout the state as well as one Special Recognition Spero Award. The word Spero (Sp?-r?) is Latin for “hope”. The title was chosen to reflect the hope that organ and tissue donation brings to those in need of a lifesaving organ or a life improving tissue transplant.

Additionally, seven medical facilities in the state received Hospital Excellence Awards in recognition of their achievement of national organ donation performance standards by attaining one or more of three set goals.

2016 Spero Award recipients

Ancillary or Healthcare Staff of the Year- Hospitals for Hope Committee, North Mississippi Medical Center

Nurse Champion- Amber Overstreet, Greenwood Leflore Hospital

Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year- Megan Butts, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Physician Champion- Dr. Carrie Morgan Henderson, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Most Supportive Hospital Leadership- Susan Russell, Singing River Health Systems

Best Medical Management- Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg

Most Supportive Tissue Hospital- Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital, Hazlehurst

Most Supportive Organ & Tissue Hospital- Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg

Most Supportive Mortuary Services- Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home, Biloxi

Most Supportive Coroner- Butch Benedict, Forrest County

Community Faith Leader or Chaplain of the Year- Chaplain Brian Williamson, Forrest General Hospital

Volunteer of the Year- Julie Dickerson, donor mom, Nettleton

Donation Advocate- Rachel Payne, transplant recipient, Vancleave

Red Heart Award-Brookhaven Department of Public Safety Station

Corporate Partner of the Year-Brown Bottling Group, Brandon                         

Special Recognition-Jimmy Roberts, Retired Rankin County Coroner

Mississippi Lions Eye Bank (MLEB) also presented the Gift of Sight Award to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo for their work in helping to facilitate sight saving corneal transplants. MLEB also awarded the inaugural Partner’s in Vision Award to Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. This award recognizes the hospital partner that has helped to facilitate eye donations that resulted in the greatest percentage of corneas being transplanted, with a minimum of ten corneas being recovered during the year.

Hospital Excellence Awards were awarded to seven hospitals that have achieved national organ donation performance standards set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Hospitals receiving those awards were:

Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian

Merit Health Central, Jackson

North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo

Ocean Springs Hospital, Ocean Springs

St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson

Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula

University of Mississippi Medical Center-Jackson

Also recognized during the ceremony were 36 hospitals from across the state that have enrolled in the Mississippi Hospitals for Hope campaign, which was developed to raise awareness for the need of organ, eye and tissue donation and increase registrations. The Hospitals recognized for their participation in the state Hospitals for Hope campaign were:

Anderson Regional Medical Center

Anderson Regional Medical Center-South

Covington County Hospital

Delta Regional Medical Center

Field Memorial Community Hospital

Forrest General Hospital

H.C. Watkins Memorial Hospital

Highland Community Hospital

Jasper General Hospital

John C. Stennis Memorial Hospital

King’s Daughters Medical Center

Laird Hospital

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport

Merit Health Biloxi

Merit Health Central Mississippi

Merit Health River Region

Mississippi Baptist Medical Center

Neshoba County Hospital

North Mississippi Medical Center

North Mississippi Medical Center-Iuka

North Mississippi Medical Center-Pontotoc

North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point

North Sunflower County Medical Center

Ocean Springs Hospital

OCH Regional Medical Center

Regency Hospital of Meridian

Rush Foundation Hospital

St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital

Scott Regional Hospital

Simpson General Hospital

Singing River Hospital

South Central Regional Medical Center

Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center

The Specialty Hospital of Meridian

University of Mississippi Medical Center

University of Mississippi Medical Center-Grenada

For pictures from the event, please visit:

http://bit.ly/SperoAwards2016