MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital has been honored by a global health organization for its work in helping combat corneal blindness.

SightLife presented the Puyallup facility with a Vision to recognize its efforts in cornea donations for 2016. Good Samaritan Hospital averaged a cornea donation conversion rate of 79 percent in 2016, allowing 216 individuals to receive sight-restoring transplants.

According to SightLife, Good Samaritan is among three Western Washington hospitals to receive the award.

“We are thrilled to see the impact of our efforts and know that we have positively impacted so many lives, thanks to the teamwork and partnership between Good Samaritan and SightLife,” said Chris Bredeson, president and chief operating officer of Good Samaritan. “I am proud of our team’s efforts to educate our patients and families about corneal donations, and also of the strong relationship we have with SightLife that ensures that donor’s wishes are realized.”

 “We are proud that our partnership with MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital has helped give the gift of sight to 216 individuals in 2016 through cornea donations made possible by their dedicated team of health care professionals,” added Monty Montoya, president and CEO of SightLife. “This wouldn’t be possible without the selfless decision of donors and their families who give their support even in their darkest hour of losing a loved one.”