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News and Events for Healthcare Professionals

News items and events intended for healthcare professionals whose focus is organ, eye and tissue donation, and transplantation.


ORGAN TRANSPLANTS: For Transplant Surgeons and Their Teams, Timing Is Everything.

Mark OrloffLike organ transplant centers around the United States, UR Medicine’s organ transplant team at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, is constantly coordinating organ donation and transplants with other hospitals, often in other cities.

SEE THE VIDEO: In this News 8/WROC-TV report, Adam Chodak finds out from Dr. Mark Orloff what happens behind the scenes prior to an organ transplant.


GIFT OF LIFE STORIES: From Donor Families to Hospital Staff, Messages of Appreciation

Kathy and Kevin Baker in memory of Michelle Donor families often tell us how deeply they appreciate the compassionate care given by hospital staff as they were coming to terms with the loss of their loved ones, and the possibility of organ donation.

Now, we want to share their messages of appreciation with you. Here are two letters from donor family members who share that sentiment.



REPORT: New York State Lags Nation in Organ Donor Registrations

New York state adults register themselves as organ and tissue donors at less than half the rate of adults nationwide, but the need for lifesaving organs in New York state is among the highest in the country, according to a report issued July 29, 2014 by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

While less than half of American adults (48 percent) are registered organ and tissue donors, only 22 percent of New York state adults are on the registry. Upstate New York’s percentage of registered donors (31 percent) is higher than the state number.

HOW LONG IS THE WAIT? People waiting on the organ transplant list in New York State.

HOW LONG IS THE WAIT? People waiting on the organ transplant list in New York State.


“Individuals on the organ transplant waiting list are our family members, friends and neighbors, and it takes just a few minutes to sign up to give the Gift of Life,” said Rob Kochik, executive director, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network. He encourages everyone to have a conversation with family members and enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry.



URMC BLOG: Rob Kochik, FLDRN Executive Director, Writes That “Organ Donation Has the Power to Change Lives.”

dv1954035Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network’s executive director Rob Kochik writes about the advantages of organ donation in Health Matters (April 2014) , a URMC blog. Mr. Kochik starts by asking: “Ever wonder if doctors’ and nurses’ medical care efforts might be less than heroic when they know a patient has signed an organ donor card?”




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