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Bothwell receives Midwest Transplant Network award

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Bothwell Regional Health Center was honored May 3 with an Excellence in Donation Award from Midwest Transplant Network (MTN), a federally certified, nonprofit organ procurement organization that works with organ, eye and tissue donors, their families, hospitals and other professional partners.

Bothwell received the award for having a 40% or greater tissue donation conversion rate. In 2021, Bothwell had 10 donor heroes, and its conversion rate, which is the measure of the percentage of eligible deaths that become donors, was 50%.

In the United States, 20 people a day on average die because of the lack of available organs for transplants, and every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list. According to MTN, about 2,000 people in Missouri are waiting for life-saving transplants. People who register to be organ and tissue donors can save as many as eight lives and enhance the lives of up to 100 more people.

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