The University of Mississippi Medical Center Grenada’s longtime abdominal transplant coordinator has been honored by the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency.
Michelle Crawford, a registered nurse who helps Grenada-area patients prepare for kidney, liver or pancreas transplants through University Transplant at UMMC in Jackson, was nominated for the Most Supportive Ancillary or Healthcare Staff Award in MORA’s 2020 Spero Awards.
MORA annually recognizes hospital partners, medical professionals, corporate partners and donor ambassadors who work to promote organ, eye and tissue donation to ultimately save and heal lives.
Spero Awards go to individuals and organizations from across the state. The word Spero is Latin for “hope.” The name reflects the hope that organ and tissue donation brings to those in need of a life-saving organ or a life-improving tissue transplant.
Crawford shepherds care that includes imaging and lab studies, placement on a transplant waiting list, and post-surgery follow-up appointments. The Grenada clinic sees a large number of patients, many from several hours away, who are in need of a pancreas or kidney transplant, she said.
“Most of them drive several hours to Grenada just so they can be placed on the national wait list through UMMC,” Crawford said. “Our goal is to improve the quality of life, and if transplanting the patient improves their quality of life, then that’s our goal. Without organ donors, many of our patients would remain on dialysis and never be able to have a normal life.”
Crawford is a past winner of MORA’s Hospital Leadership of the Year Award.
“Michelle does a wonderful job,” said Dodie McElmurray, chief executive officer of UMMC Grenada and its sister hospital, UMMC Holmes County in Lexington. “She is such a great advocate for our transplant patients and our local community.”