Goshen Hospital receives 2018 Vision Award

May 13, 2019

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen Hospital recently received the 2018 Vision Award from VisionFirst for exemplary leadership and commitment for corneal transplant donations. Each corneal donation offers hope for restored vision and can offer something positive to families who have suffered a loss.

“We take pride in our Colleagues who work together to provide the highest quality of care to our community – including the ability to offer eye tissue to surgeons across the country,” said Randy Christophel, Goshen Health President and Chief Executive Officer. “This award recognizes that our Colleagues make a difference not only in the lives of our community, but nationwide.”
The goal of any donor program is to ensure that every individual and family is presented with the opportunity to become a donor. For the past 16 years Goshen Hospital has offered this program while maintaining the dignity of donors and their families.
In 2018, Goshen Hospital made a difference in the lives of 36 individuals through the gift of sight. In the past five years, approximately 200 people had cornea transplants as a result of Goshen Hospital’s efforts and the generosity of their donors. These individuals were suffering from corneal blindness and had their vision restored thanks to corneal donations.
“We are honored to present this award to Goshen Hospital for their continued improvement, the dedication to their families and their commitment to helping restore vision through corneal transplants,” said Danielle Shafer, VisionFirst Professional Services Coordinator.

Danielle Shafer from VisionFirst presents the 2018 Vision Award to Goshen Hospital. Accepting the award (left to right): Rob Myers, Chief Operating Officer; Stephen Garber, Director of Critical Care; Terri Miller, Director of Nursing Support Services; Julie Crossley, Chief Nursing Officer; Tiffany Smith, RN, Progressive Care Unit; Danielle Shafer, VisionFirst Professional Services Coordinator, presenting the award; Tyler Peterson, RN, Emergency Department; April Hart, RN House Supervisor; Erica Prough, Director of Education and Professional Practice; and Reverend Donald Johnson, Spiritual Care Coordinator
About Goshen Health:
Goshen Health is a community-owned, nonprofit healthcare organization committed to improving the health of its communities. To live out the organization’s mission, Colleagues practice compassion, accountability, respect and excellence in every endeavor. The health system includes 30 locations across four counties with specialized cancer care; heart and vascular care; and a physician’s network with primary and specialty care.
For more information about Goshen Health, contact Liz Fisher at (574) 364-2776, lfisher2@goshenhealth.com or visit www.GoshenHealth.com.

About VisionFirst:
As a leader in eye-tissue transplantation, VisionFirst is committed to changing the lives of individuals in need of eye tissue transplants.
Providing over 2,000 corneas for transplant annually, VisionFirst is the largest eye bank in Indiana. VisionFirst has been helping to eliminate corneal blindness for nearly 50 years. We take pride in our highly skilled, knowledgeable and consistently reliable staff who work together to provide the highest quality eye tissue to surgeons across the country.
Located in Indianapolis, VisionFirst provides a full-range of transplant services as well as research tissue and training consulting services for other medical professionals in our industry.
For more information about VisionFirst, visit www.VisionFirst.org.