Saving Sight, one of the largest eye banks in the country, recognized Passavant Area Hospital for their outstanding support of eye donation during a presentation April 10 at the hospital.

Saving Sight awards the Excellence in Eye Donation Award to its partner hospitals that achieve an eye donation consent rate exceeding 45 percent and having at least 10 patients donate eye tissue in 2016. Passavant’s consent rate was 63 percent, with 13 eye donation cases which resulted in 13 individuals receiving restored sight through a cornea transplant. Less than 15 percent of Saving Sight’s referral partners receive this award.

With the help of partner hospitals like Passavant, Saving Sight provided corneas for more than 2,900 corneal transplant recipients in 2016. Each year, around 48,000 individuals in the United States require a corneal transplant to restore vision that has been lost due to disease, disorder or injury.

Founded in Columbia, Missouri, in 1960, Saving Sight operates several vision health programs, including KidSight, Cornea Donation, and the Eyeglass Recycling Program. Saving Sight serves more than 100,000 people worldwide with offices in Springfield, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas. For more information or to learn about becoming an eye, organ and tissue donor, visit donatelife.net.

Passavant.Saving Sight AwardHarry Schmidt, Passavant President and CEO, right, expresses the hospital’s appreciation after receiving the Excellence in Eye Donation Award from Richard Hamilton, Partner Relations Coordinator for Saving Sight.