Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network Celebrates 25 Years
October 12th, 2011 by Kevin Sparkman
Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network celebrated its 25th anniversary recently. FLDRN was created 25 years ago and helped facilitate the first kidney transplant surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital. Its mission is to save lives through organ donation and offer comfort to grieving families.
More than 200 transplant professionals, patients and family members of donors attended a gala dinner event in Rochester to celebrate the milestone. The keynote speaker was Charity Tilleman-Dick, a world-renowned soprano who received a double-lung transplant at the Cleveland Clinic in 2009. Just eight months later, she performed before the doctors, nurses, and support staff who had saved her life.
Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network coordinates organ donation in 20 counties with a population of 2.4 million and serves 38 hospitals in the Finger Lakes region, as well as central and northern New York. It is one of 58 organ procurement organizations in the United States, one of four in New York state. It is one of only seven hospital-affiliated OPOs in the nation. FLDRN was created 25 years ago and helped facilitate the first kidney transplant surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital. Its mission is to save lives through organ donation and offer comfort to grieving families.
Last year, FLDRN helped recover 157 organs in its coverage region. There are nearly 900 people waiting today for organ transplants in FLDRN’s coverage area at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester and Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Last year, 165 patients received life-saving transplants at the two transplant centers.