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Published in This Week on July 21, 2014

MORA lauds UMMC for organ, tissue donation

UMMC representatives receive the Hospital Excellence Award from the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, given to medical facilities that meet one or more national organ donation criteria.

Pictured are, from left, UMMC employees Jennifer Stephen, Ashley Hardy-Moore, Lee Ann Lutken, Shannon Wentz and Michelle Welander; and MORA CEO Kevin Stump.

UMMC is among hospital, medical, corporate and donor partners recognized by the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency for tireless work to promote organ, eye and tissue donation.

At the inaugural Spero Awards hosted by MORA’s Donate Life Mississippi on July 10, the Medical Center captured four of the 15 awards presented to individuals and institutions statewide. 

UMMC received the Physician Champion Award, Best Hospital Leadership Award, Gift of Life Award and a Hospital Excellence Award, given in recognition of achievement in national organ donation performance standards. 

“They are the ones who make miracles happen,” Kevin Stump, MORA chief executive officer, said of UMMC and other winners. 

The word “spero” is Latin for hope. MORA officials said that title was chosen to reflect the hope that organ and tissue donation brings to those in need of a life-saving organ or life-enhancing tissue transplant. 


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