LifePoint Refocuses on Organ & Tissue Recovery Mission
Miracles in Sight Acquires Eye Bank Services in South Carolina
LifePoint, the federally certified organ procurement organization (OPO) for South Carolina (excluding Aiken and Edgefield counties), announced on May 8, 2015, that it is transferring its ocular department to Miracles in Sight (MIS) headquartered in Winston Salem, North Carolina. The leaders at LifePoint recognize eye bank specialization and consolidation of services are essential to meeting the future needs for cornea transplants and ocular surgeons in South Carolina. LifePoint will continue as the OPO and tissue recovery organization for South Carolina and remains dedicated to honoring people’s end-of-life wishes to be organ and tissue donors.
Since its inception in 1984, initially named South Carolina Organ Procurement Organization (SCOPA), LifePoint has been involved in the saving of over 5,100 lives through organ recovery and enhancing many thousands more through tissue recovery.
To commemorate Blue & Green Day, a parade was held through the halls of LifePoint with staff either marching or cheering from the sidelines. Many were dressed in blue and green.
SCDMV Blue & Green Day
Forty-two South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) offices participated in the Donate Life America (DLA) national observance of Blue & Green Day on Friday, April 17. Throughout the United States on that day, many DMVs, hospital staffs, businesses, schools, organizations and individuals dressed and decorated in the blue and green colors of Donate Life. This event was held to increase awareness about the tremendous need for more organ, eye and tissue donors in South Carolina and throughout the nation. DLA presented awards to the best of the best in several classifications.
Donate Life South Carolina (DLSC) held its own competition among SCDMV offices that participated. Entries were judged in three categories and grouped according to SCDMV size (average number of patrons). An overall winner was also chosen for excellence in all categories. Congratulations to the winners listed below. Each of these offices will receive a staff pizza party from DLSC.
Large – Ladson
Medium – Moncks Corner
Small – Manning
Large – Rock Hill
Medium – Seneca
Small – Blythewood
Large – Greenville 23
Medium – Bluffton
Small – Batesburg
We send a sincere note of gratitude to our entire SCDMV organization for signing up 98% of our registered donors in South Carolina. Thank you for helping us save lives through the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation!
SC Winner in Donate Life America Competition
Congratulations to Claire and Sandy Roberson of Greenville, S.C. on their winning submission in the Donate Life America (DLA) photo competition on Blue & Green Day.
Jack, their poodle, won the national DLA Pet Fashion Award for "Paws for Donation".
View "The Power of Two" Documentary
Everyone in the transplant community knows that it takes power to give the gift of life through organ donation, survive the wait and thrive after receiving a transplant. Twin sisters and double lung transplant recipients Ana Stenzel and Isa Stenzel Byrnes, and other members of the transplant community worldwide, show what power can do in the documentary film “The Power of Two.” Called “compelling” and “poetic” by the Wall Street Journal, and an “inspiring triumph” by Golden Globe® nominated actor Jack Black, this winner of ten film festival awards has entertained, educated and inspired audiences globally.
This short video was produced by Donate Life South Carolina to increase awareness about the need for more organ and tissue donors. It also gives information about the South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.
A Message from Our Director
Thanks to the hard work of our many dedicated employees, volunteers, and professional associates, LifePoint continues to make great progress in advancing organ and tissue donation in South Carolina.
Through the generosity of our donor families, hundreds of lives have been saved and enhanced. Yet, the need for donation continues. We are privileged, humbled and honored to have a part in this lifesaving work. Please help us with your commitment to be a donor.
Nancy A. Kay CEO/President of LifePoint, Inc.