Green Bay – The efforts by HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in 2016 to provide families with donation options and information have been recognized by the American Tissue Services Foundation (ATSF).
Gifts of tissue—which include bone, skin, heart valves, connective tissue and veins—are used in more than 1 million surgeries routinely performed each year in the United States. Tissue gifts not only save lives, but also have the potential to increase strength, mobility and independence for many patients. On average, one tissue donor can help 75 people.
In 2016, HSHS St. Vincent Hospital’s tissue donor program helped more than 1,900 recipients receive the gift of life through tissue donation. The hospital achieved a 41-percent tissue donation rate, meaning tissue was recovered on 41-percent of the hospital’s eligible donors. HSHS St. Vincent Hospital’s sister-hospital, HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center, achieved a 55-percent tissue donation rate in 2016. Its tissue donor program helped more than 825 recipients receive the gift of life.
Colleagues at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center receive training in tissue donation practices from the ATSF and hold donation committee meetings throughout the year.
About HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center have been delivering quality health care to Green Bay and its surrounding communities since 1888. With HSHS St. Vincent being the largest tertiary care hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s location on Green Bay’s west side, patients from Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan benefit from a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, emergency and trauma care, preventive care across the lifespan, digestive health, orthopedic, cardiac care, neurosciences, rehabilitation and pediatrics. Affiliates of Hospital Sisters Health System, the hospitals primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of competent and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. Both hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Affiliates of Hospital Sisters Health System, we draw on the history of St. Francis of Assisi as we move to continue serving the health care needs of our area in Christ’s healing ministry, caring for all people.
About Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS)
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 Local Systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.