KANSAS CITY, MO – The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office (JCMEO) was recently recognized by the Midwest Transplant Network (MTN) for their efforts in tissue donation.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mary Dudley and members of her staff received the “Outstanding Achievements in Tissue Donation” award at the Medal of Honor Hospitals and Donation Champions Celebration on January 19. In 2010, JCMEO referrals resulted in 50 tissue donors to the network. Tissue donations can include the cornea, skin, bones, heart valves, and connective tissue.
Currently there are 1,651 people in Missouri and 553 people in Kansas awaiting a life-saving transplant and a new name is added to the national waiting list every 11 minutes. People who choose to donate their organs can affect as many as 50 lives, yet an average of 18 people per day die due to lack of available organs for transplant.
“The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is proud to be part of a program that helps our community,” said Dr. Dudley. “Efforts like this highlight the importance of tissue and organ donations and the power those donations have to save and enhance multiple lives. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Midwest Transplant Network.”
Since her appointment as Chief Medical Examiner in January 2007, Dr. Dudley implemented the tissue donor referral program and has committed her staff to contacting MTN on all possible tissue donor cases. As a result, MTN can contact family members regarding their decision for tissue donation.