Quantcast

Freeman Exceeds National Goal for Organ and Tissue Donation - KOAM TV 7

Freeman Exceeds National Goal for Organ and Tissue Donation

Updated:
JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Many families extend the legacy of a loved one through the gift of organ donation at Freeman Health System. Twenty-six organs were transplanted in 2016, giving individuals a second chance at life. The organ conversion rate at Freeman in 2016 was 86 percent. The national goal for the same year was 75 percent.

Approximately 1,900 individuals also received the healing gift of tissue donation. The national goal was 40 percent in 2016. Freeman exceeded the national goal with a tissue conversion rate of 47 percent.

Freeman is a partner hospital of Midwest Transplant Network, a federally certified not-for-profit organ procurement organization. As Freeman exceeded the national goals in organ and tissue conversion rates, Midwest Transplant Network also reported a record high in 2016 with 228 organ donors. Donors contributed to 728 life-saving transplants, a 23 percent increase in the number of lives saved from 2015. Additionally, 1,352 tissue and cornea donors potentially provided life-enhancing gifts to up to 55,000 recipients.

“For many families, carrying out a loved one’s wish of organ donation can be comforting during a difficult time,” said Cathy Lucchi, Midwest Transplant Network Hospital Services Coordinator II. “Decisions by families of deceased donors and by living donors, together with the compassion and hard work of the critical care physicians and nurses at Freeman, mean more people are receiving life-saving transplants.”

Nationally, more than 120,000 people are waiting for an organ – one person is added to a waiting list every 10 minutes. By registering to be an organ donor, an individual can save as many as eight lives and directly improve the lives of up to 50 people through tissue donation. At the end of 2016, 73 percent of adults in Missouri are listed on the Missouri Donor Registry and 66 percent of adults in Kansas are listed on the Kansas Donor Registry. Individuals in Missouri and Kansas may register to be an organ and tissue donor by visiting YesTheyWantMe.com.

###

  • NewsMore>>

  • Quapaw Nation Announces New Elder Housing Units

    Quapaw Nation Announces New Elder Housing Units

    Monday, October 22 2018 7:21 PM EDT2018-10-22 23:21:10 GMT

    Twenty new elder housing units are heading to the Quapaw Nation, thanks to assistance from a $750,000 federal grant. 

    More >>

    Twenty new elder housing units are heading to the Quapaw Nation, thanks to assistance from a $750,000 federal grant. 

    More >>
  • Shots Fired near Joplin School, Multiple in Custody

    Shots Fired near Joplin School, Multiple in Custody

    Monday, October 22 2018 7:58 PM EDT2018-10-22 23:58:40 GMT
    Joplin, MOJoplin, MO

    Joplin Police are at 23rd and Grand for reports of shots fired. According to Captain Trevor Duncan, authorities got a report of a male with a gun walking in the middle of the road. As officers were headed to the scene, Duncan says police received reports of multiple shots fired. Authorities have detained several people as they investigate what happened. No injuries have been reported at this time.

    More >>

    Joplin Police are at 23rd and Grand for reports of shots fired. According to Captain Trevor Duncan, authorities got a report of a male with a gun walking in the middle of the road. As officers were headed to the scene, Duncan says police received reports of multiple shots fired. Authorities have detained several people as they investigate what happened. No injuries have been reported at this time.

    More >>
  • 2.4 Million Taquitos Recalled, Salmonella & Listeria Concern

    2.4 Million Taquitos Recalled, Salmonella & Listeria Concern

    Monday, October 22 2018 2:54 PM EDT2018-10-22 18:54:26 GMT

    A Texas company is recalling 2,490,593 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos that might be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The items were shipped to distributors nationwide. The ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos were produced from July 1 through Oct. 10, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: 4.5-lbs. cardboard cases containing 24-count Go-Go Taquitos "Beef Taco & Cheese Taquitos" with a case code 86183 ...

    More >>

    A Texas company is recalling 2,490,593 pounds of ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos that might be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. The items were shipped to distributors nationwide. The ready-to-eat meat and poultry taquitos were produced from July 1 through Oct. 10, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: 4.5-lbs. cardboard cases containing 24-count Go-Go Taquitos "Beef Taco & Cheese Taquitos" with a case code 86183 ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.