Sheboygan – HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital’s 2017 efforts to provide families with donation options and information have been recognized by the American Tissue Services Foundation (ATSF) with the Tissue Donation Recognition Award. This is the hospital’s third ATSF award since 2010.
According to ATSF Education and Development Manager, Jeanette Potts, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital achieved a 50 percent tissue donation rate in 2017. This means that tissue was recovered on 50 percent of the hospital’s eligible donors. Hospital staff received training in tissue donation practices during the year from ATSF and holds donation committee meetings at least four times a year.
Gifts of tissue—which includes bone, skin, heart valves, connective tissue and veins—are used in more than one million surgeries routinely performed each year in the United States. In 2017, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital’s tissue donor program helped more than 500 recipients receive the gift of life thru tissue donation. On average, one tissue donor can help 75 to 100 people.
Many more people are eligible tissue donors than they are organ donors, Potts says. Organ donation usually takes place when brain death has occurred, and transplants must be performed within a short time afterward. Tissue can be recovered within 12 to 24 hours of death and preserved for later use.
“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.”
American Tissue Services Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for families and helping them heal from the death of their loved ones. Accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks, ATSF provides a compassionate and knowledgeable team of education, recovery and quality systems professionals. The organization supports health care agencies, coroners, medical examiners and funeral professionals through donation education and training. ATSF also partners with other agencies dedicated to the innovative use of tissue in medical care and research.
About HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital
HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital has been delivering high quality health care to Sheboygan and its surrounding communities since 1890. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital provides a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, 24-hour emergency care, digestive health, orthopedics, cardiac, home health and hospice care. The hospital’s primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of high quality and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. An affiliate 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. 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.