Secretary of State’s Shining Star Award recognizes Muskegon County Medical Examiner

Dr. Joyce deJong honored for supporting tissue and eye donation

Lansing, Mich. – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson awarded Muskegon County Medical Examiner Dr. Joyce deJong with a Shining Star Award for her support of organ, tissue and eye donation.

“Every year, Dr. deJong’s office makes dozens of referrals for tissue and eye donation, contacting Gift of Life Michigan or the Michigan Eye-Bank to find out if someone was a registered donor or seeking authorization from their families so that they may help others,” Johnson said. “A quarter of all referrals to the Sparrow Medical Group originated from the County Medical Examiner’s office. Because of this, Gift of Life Michigan and the Michigan Eye-Bank regard Dr. deJong as their top champion in the medical examiner field statewide.”