East Texas Medical Center at Tyler was honored recently by Transplant Services Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center as a member of the "Leadership Circle" of top eye donor hospitals in North Texas. Through the efforts of the staff 11 eye donations and one bone and skin donations occurred in 2006. There were 10 cornea transplants in the Tyler area, 16 cornea transplants in the surrounding area, and 66 cornea transplants in the Lions District. In addition, 239 musculoskeletal grafts were provided to ETMC Tyler for transplant.
Transplant Services Center, one of the nation's longest continually accredited tissue and eye banks, provides corneas, sclera, bone grafts, heart valves, and skin to the communities served by ETMC Tyler as well as areas all over Texas, the United States, and internationally. Since the year 2001, ETMC Tyler have provided 109 corneas for transplant; with 77 Texas recipients receiving transplants.
There are an estimated 46,000 cornea transplants and more than 800,000
tissue transplants annually in the United States. Tissue donation/transplant includes skin, bone, heart valves, veins and tendons.
East Texas Medical Center at Tyler continues its service to the community through its outstanding efforts to make transplantation possible.
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Semein Chimney of Tyler (cornea recipient); Victoria McNeel, UT Southwestern Medical Center; Bob Evans, ETMC Tyler Administrator/CEO; Cherie Murphy, ETMC Tyler Vice President of Patient Services; Warren Proctor, Lions Club of Hughes Springs; Jim Chewning, Lions Club of Tyler; and Mary Ann Spillman of Tyler (donor family member) attend the awards presentation at ETMC Tyler where the hospital was honored for being one of the top eye donor hospitals in North Texas.