MORA recognizes groups with first Spero Awards

moraSpecial to the MBJ

The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) served as host for the inaugural Spero Awards presented by Donate Life Mississippi today at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson. The awards ceremony recognized hospital partners, medical professionals, corporate partners and donor ambassadors that work with MORA to promote organ, eye and tissue donation.

A total of 15 Spero Awards presented to individuals and institutions from areas throughout the state. The word Spero (Spā-rō) 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 enhancing tissue transplants.

Additionally, 9 medical facilities in the state received Hospital Excellence Awards in recognition of their achievement of national organ donation performance standards by attaining one or more of three set goals.

Spero Award recipients:

Corporate Partner of the Year — Community Bank

Red Heart Award — Jackson Driver’s License Headquarters

Donation Advocate — Steve & Laura Gaskin, Aberdeen

Volunteer of the Year — Cynthia Camel, Brandon

Most Supportive Mortuary Services — Greater Jackson Mortuary Services, Jackson

Most Supportive Coroner — Derek Turnage, Pearl River County

Most Supportive Tissue Hospital — Neshoba County General Hospital, Philadelphia

Nurse Champion — Sheila Shappley, Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg

Most Supportive Organ & Tissue Hospital — St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson

Physician Champion — Hartmut Uschmann, UMMC, Jackson

Best Pre-Donor Management — Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula

Best Hospital Leadership — Lee Ann Lutkin, UMMC, Jackson

Most Supportive Hospital Administrator — Ray Humphreys, Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian

Gift of Life Award — University of Mississippi Medical Center

Award of Distinction — Con Maloney, Jackson

Hospital Excellence Awards:

Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville

Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg

North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo

Oktibbeha County Regional Medical Center, Starkville

St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson

Singing River Hospital, Pascagoula

University of Mississippi Medical Center-Grenada

University of Mississippi Medical Center-Jackson

Wesley Medical Center-Hattiesburg

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