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Saint Joseph Jessamine recognized with Tissue Donation Award
Nicholasville, Ky. (October 21, 2015)— Saint Joseph Jessamine, part of KentuckyOne Health, was honored on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 with a Tissue Donation Performance Award for 2014 presented by Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA). The facility had a tissue conversion rate of 33 percent; the state average is 17.5 percent.
Improving organ and tissue donation has been a point of focus for many health care organizations over the last several years. The Joint Commission, Department of Health and Human Services, organ procurement organizations such as KODA, along with hospitals, have taken steps to implement effective donation policies and practices. A number of facilities were recognized by KODA at their annual awards dinner on September 15, 2015 in Louisville for achieving remarkable results in organ and tissue donation.
Michael and Olivia Hughes (Jessamine county coroners) are designated requestors who work with families and the hospital regarding organ and tissue donation options.
“Michael and Olivia Hughes’ dedicated efforts to donation are greatly appreciated,” said Greg Giles, system director, ambulatory operations and development, KentuckyOne Health. “Their compassionate work widely contributed to Saint Joseph Jessamine’s successful performance.”
There are nearly 1,000 individuals on the transplant waiting list in Kentucky. The many nurses, physicians, administrators, chaplains and other health care team members help ensure that the organ donation process is performed in a thoughtful, sensitive and caring manner. The Kentucky Hospital Association recognized these award winning facilities at implementing best practices to reduce deaths on the transplant waiting list and for providing excellent end of life care for patients and families.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, the largest and most comprehensive health system in the Commonwealth, has more than 200 locations including, hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved. The system is made up of the former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System, along with the University of Louisville Hospital and James Graham Brown Cancer Center. KentuckyOne Health is proud of and strengthened by its Catholic, Jewish and academic heritages.
From left to right: Adam Volz, Emergency Department Technician; Bridgett Adams, Administrative Assistant; Greg Giles, Director of Operations; Ryan Goble, Emergency Department Coordinator; Jana Penner, Emergency Department Manager; Michael Hughes, Jessamine County Coroner; Brittney Thomas, KODA Client Services Coordinator; Rachel Pittman, Radiology Sonographer; Dr. Joseph Richardson, Emergency Department Physician; Amy Mayes, Emergency Department Technician