HATTIESBURG, MS – (August 9, 2019) The Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) recognized Forrest General Hospital at the 6th Annual Spero Awards on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Hilton Jackson. The hospital was honoured as one of the hospital partners working with MORA to save lives and promote organ, eye and tissue donation.
“Forrest General Hospital’s staff always goes above and beyond to ensure that the families they serve are given the opportunity to make a decision in regards to donation. The awards presented to Forrest General Hospital are a true reflection of the dedication, the professionalism, and the heart of caring that is Forrest General Hospital and its staff. The commitment and partnership between Forrest General Hospital and the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) continues to grow stronger due to the desire to help the citizens and communities in the Hattiesburg area,” said Joel Stevens, Hospital Development Coordinator/Board Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC)
Forrest General received the following 2019 Spero Awards:
- Advanced Practice Nurse or Nurse Manager of the Year
Brad Pickering, CNP, Forrest General Hospital
- Physician Champion of the Year
Dr. Edward Pellerano, Forrest General Hospital
- Hospital Leadership of the Year Award
Gladys Wolff, MBAHA, Forrest General Hospital
- Most Supportive Organ & Tissue Hospital
Adrian Murry, a local donor mom, was chosen again as Volunteer of the Year. MORA also recognized Forrest General for participation in the Hospitals for Hope campaign. Hospitals of Hope is an awareness campaign intended to increase registrations for organ, eye, and tissue donation.
A total of 14 Spero Awards were presented to individuals and organizations from areas throughout the state as well as one Special Recognition Spero Award. The word “Spero” (Spā-rō) is Latin for “hope.” The title was chosen to reflect the hope that organ and tissue donation brings to those in need of a lifesaving organ or a life improving tissue transplant.
For more information about Forrest General, visit forrestgeneral.com.
CAPTION: Left to right: Kevin Stump, chief executive officer, MORA; Gladys Wolff, MBAHA, Forrest General Hospital; Brad Pickering, CNP, Forrest General Hospital; and Brandon Brazzel, ICU Manager
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes and an average of 22 people die each day awaiting a lifesaving transplant that never comes. Currently there are nearly 1,500 Mississippians on the organ transplant waiting list with over 1,300 of those waiting on a kidney transplant. MORA wants everyone to know one organ donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can save or improve the lives of 50 recipients or more. Join the 745,000+ Mississippians who are currently on the MS Donor Registry by registering as an organ, eye and tissue donor at www.donatelifems.org. For more information on the MORA please go to www.msora.org.