Sheboygan – HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital’s 2016 efforts to provide families with donation options and information have been recognized by the American Tissue Services Foundation (ATSF).
According to ATSF Education and Development Manager Jeanette Potts, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital achieved a 50-percent tissue donation rate in 2016. This means that tissue was recovered on 50-percent of the hospital’s eligible donors, which is a 14-percent increase over 2015. Hospital colleagues also received training in tissue donation practices during the year from ATSF, its tissue donation partner.
“Through its dedication and focus on increasing donation, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital has made a tremendous difference in the lives of others,” Potts says. “Donated tissue gifts save lives, as well as increase strength, mobility and independence for many, many patients.”
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. In 2016, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital’s tissue donor program helped more than 525 recipients receive the gift of life thru tissue donation. On average, one tissue donor can help 75 people.
About HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital
HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital is a non-profit hospital sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis located at 3100 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Our mission and vision is to provide family-centered, compassionate care without regard for race, creed, or ability to pay. This is achieved through our core values of respect, care, competence, and joy. To learn more, visit www.stnicholashospital.org
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.