Forrest General is Recognized for Excellence in Promoting Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Awareness
The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) hosted the inaugural Spero Awards presented by Donate Life Mississippi on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson, MS. The awards ceremony recognized hospital partners, medical professionals, corporate partners and donor ambassadors that work tirelessly in conjunction with MORA to promote organ, eye and tissue donation to ultimately save and enhance lives.
Sheila Shappley, director of Emergency Services at Forrest General, received a Spero Award (Nurse Champion).
A total of 15 Spero Awards were presented to individuals and institutions from areas throughout the state. The word “Spero” 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 enhancing tissue transplant.
“I am honored to be recognized by such an amazing organization that works so diligently to provide love, hope and life to so many people,” said Shappley.
“The Spero Awards have been in the planning stages for a long time,” said Kevin Stump, chief executive officer of the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency. “Our staff has worked diligently crafting the awards and the criteria for each category. We are confident these awards will publicly share the many success stories of our donation partners and advocates. They are the ones who make the miracles happen. We look forward to honoring their work and celebrating their spirit while recognizing the lives that have been touched in Mississippi and across the country.”
Additionally, Forrest General was one of 9 medical facilities in the state to receive a Hospital Excellence Award in recognition of achieving national organ donation performance standards by attaining one or more of three set goals.
“We are pleased to acknowledge that Forrest General has achieved recognition for achieving these standards. Forrest General is committed to providing the highest quality patient care,” said Evan Dillard, president and CEO of Forrest Health.
Currently over 1,400 Mississippians and more than 123,000 Americans are in need of a lifesaving transplant. A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes and an average of 18 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes. To register as an organ and tissue donor go to www.donatelifems.org.