St. Patrick Hospital to receive "Gift of Sight" Award from Southern Eye Bank

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital will receive the 2010 Gift of Sight Hospital of the Year Award from the Southern Eye Bank on March 31, 2011.  The award ceremony will take place at CHRISTUS St. Patrick Garber Auditorium at 2:30 p.m.

The Gift of Sight Award is presented by Southern Eye Bank to a partner hospital that has facilitated their mission of saving and restoring eyesight.  The hospital chosen extends exemplary support and care to grieving families as they make end of life decisions for their loved ones.

"Through compliance with federal regulations, professional and caring staff and our committed partnership, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital helped thirty-four families make the compassionate decision to donate ocular tissue," says Joy Fragola, Professional Outreach Director for Southern Eye Bank.  "This gift helped to restore sight to 34 people in need of corneal transplants and affected countless others through donation for research."

Southern Eye Bank (SEB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of sight.  SEB processes and distributes donor tissue for ocular surgery and research -based need.  SEB's service area extends from the New Orleans area through southwest Louisiana, including 26 parishes and over 138 hospitals.  They have been serving the public for more than 60 years through this process.