Overland Park Regional Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare network —will host its Annual Organ and Tissue Donor Ceremony to recognize more than 14 families whose loved ones were organ donors during 2017 and 70 organ donations.

“We are truly blessed to assist patients and their families to create a small positive from their tragic losses,” says Larry Watts, M.D., Overland Park Regional Medical Center chief medical officer. “We are also very honored to facilitate that gift of life to others who wait. Organ and tissue donations save and heal many lives each year and Overland Park Regional Medical Center is grateful to recognize the tremendous gift given by members of our community. It personifies our commitment to the care and improvement of human life.”

Mindy Corporon, founder of Faith Always Wins Foundation, lost her son Reat in a tragic shooting in 2014. She is a champion of organ donors after her young son’s death and subsequent donation and will be the keynote speaker.

Don Fishman, M.D., Overland Pak Regional Medical Center medical director of trauma services, notes the vital role donors play in changing and enhancing the lives of people waiting for organ transplants.

“After losing a loved one, to know that your loved one’s gift is allowing someone else to live gives many family members a measure of peace along with their sorrow,” he says. “But too many people don’t think about the gift of life they could give – simply by registering as an organ donor. Our partnership with Midwest Transplant Network includes raising awareness of the importance of organ donation.”

“We are thankful for those who have chosen to give the gift of life,” says Midwest Transplant Network Chief Executive Officer Jan Finn. “Because of those donors, as well as our hospital and professional partners like Overland Park Regional Medical Center, we are able to fulfill our mission of saving lives through organ and tissue donation.”

According to the Midwest Transplant Network, there are more than 120,000 men, women and children across the U.S. currently awaiting life-saving organ transplants and tens of thousands more await life-enhancing tissue or corneal transplants.  Every 10 minutes another person is added to the waiting list and, on average, 22 people die each day due to lack of available organs for transplants. Ninety-five percent of Americans are in favor of being a donor, but only 54 percent are registered. In the Kansas and western Missouri region, which is served by Midwest Transplant Network, nearly 2,500 people await life-saving transplants.

For more information about Overland Park Regional Medical Center, visit https://oprmc.com.  For more information about registering to become an organ donor, visit https://www.mwtn.org.