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Please fill out the form to register as an organ and tissue donor. By registering as a donor you consent to donate your organs and tissues at the time of your death. Organs and tissues will be recovered for the purpose of transplantation, however, in the event a donated organ or tissue cannot be used for transplant, an effort will be made to use the donation for research.
July 26, 2019
MORA hosted the 6th Annual Spero Awards on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Hilton Jackson. The awards ceremony recognizes hospital partners, medical professionals, and community partners who help make the Donate Life mission possible. The keynote speaker for this year’s event was face transplant recipient Pat Hardison of Senatobia. Hardison, a former volunteer firefighter was severely disfigured when a burning roof collapsed on his head in 2001. On August 14, 2015, doctors at NYU Langone completed the most complex face transplant to date.
A total of 14 Spero Awards were presented to individuals and organizations 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 healing tissue transplant.
2019 Spero Award recipients:
Mississippi Lions Eye Bank (MLEB) presented the Gift of Sight Award to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and the Partners in Vision Award to Merit Health Rankin, for their work in helping to facilitate sight saving corneal transplants.
Hospital Excellence Awards were awarded to10 hospitals who have achieved national organ donation performance standards set by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Hospitals receiving those awards were:
Also recognized during the ceremony were 32 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 including:
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the agency (1994-2019), MORA also recognized three employees that have been with the agency since it became an independent Organ Procurement Organization (OPO). Wauline Carter-Director of Finance, Dr. Shirley Schlessinger-Chief Medical Officer and Board Chair, and Kevin Stump-CEO and President were presented with the Award of the Distinction for their 25 years of service.
To request a photo of an award winner(s), please contact Lacey Kuhn at (601) 933-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.