Reid Health ‘Hospital of the Year’ with donor organization
VisionFirst has recognized Reid Health as the "Hospital of the Year" for the first time because of its dedication and development of a "model program" to encourage eye and tissue donation.
"The healthcare professionals at Reid Health have established a
program that provides donation opportunity while maintaining the dignity of
donors and their families," said Alex Van Zant, Director of Professional
Services for VisionFirst, one of 57 U.S. eye banks. He specifically cited Reid
Health nurses for their dedication to the donor program.
"The keys to their success have been committed nurses who realize
their impact on the lives of others and the understanding that donation can
offer something positive to families who have suffered a loss," Van Zant said.
Reid Health has been recognized several times for its donor program
with an annual "Vision" Award, but this
marks the first time for the designation of Hospital of the Year. Van Zant said
the organization does not always give this award, but only when an organization
consistently excels in the donor program.
Misti Foust-Cofield, Reid Health Vice President/Chief Nursing
Officer, said her nurses and support teams understand the significance of how the
donor program affects the lives of others by restoring vision. "Donors and
their families appreciate the opportunity to help someone else, finding something
positive at an otherwise extremely difficult time."
Van Zant presented representatives of the Reid Health team with
the award this week. VisionFirst was
founded by the Lions of Indiana.
"The goal of our donor program is to ensure every individual and
family is presented with the opportunity to be a donor," Van Zant said. "The
caring professionals at Reid Health have established a program that ensures
this while maintaining the dignity of donors and their families."
Reid Health cornea donations made a difference in the lives of
more than 80 people in 2019, he said, and
approximately 450 in the past five years. "This first Hospital of the Year
award is well-deserved," he said. "These are our family members, friends and
neighbors who have had their vision restored thanks to the kindness and
dedication shown by this donor program.
TOP PHOTO: From left, Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer; Jared Dunlap, Director, Inpatient Nursing; Tyler Evans, Director, Cardiac Service Line; Craig Kinyon, President/CEO; and Alex Van Zant, VisionFirst.