From Trying Times to the Test of Time

A reflection on 42 years of the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, the last four years, and looking forward to the years to come!

By Jenn Venerable - June 14, 2024

The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank (RMLEB), founded in 1982 by the Lions Clubs of Colorado and Wyoming, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with fewer than 50 employees. RMLEB's mission is to fulfill the wishes of eye donors and their families to help another overcome blindness through transplantation and research. The organization exists to restore hope where hope may have been lost.

The last four years post-pandemic has been challenging for RMLEB, as it has been for countless other businesses and non-profits. RMLEB, no different than many other health-related organizations, has experienced employee turnover, especially in frontline essential staffing areas within the organization, and at times has struggled to find adequate and qualified people.

RMLEB is blessed with a core group of highly dedicated and seasoned professionals who have been and will continue to bring new team members onboard as quickly as possible.

Current leadership is focused on employee development and an intentional organizational culture to improve the health of the organization and the work experience of our people. Nonetheless, RMLEB’s safety and quality record continues to be among the highest nationally and internationally.

RMLEB has been attentive and focused on improving the health of the organization, making sure the organization’s infrastructure has a good foundation to build on for the future. Ongoing communication with partners in eye, organ and tissue donation continue to be of the utmost importance, and because of conversations with partners, we have made many improvements even as the world continues to change at an increasingly rapid pace.

A nonprofit organization registered in both Colorado and Wyoming, RMLEB recently completed an annual financial third-party audit with a clean report, with no issues or adjustments. The organization just completed a successful Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) accreditation inspection as well, and the EBAA Accreditation Board voted and approved RMLEB for a full 3 year accreditation at the annual meeting in early June 2024.

RMLEB continues to proudly serve the Rocky Mountain region as the organization responsible for eye tissue recovery and placement. In 2023, thanks to the generosity of 2,544 deceased eye donors and their families, RMLEB was able to provide tissues for 2,336 sight-restoring transplants.

Jenn Venerable, Community & Professional Relations Manager
(303) 945-6493
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