Partners Newsletter – Fall 2013
The first edition of Partners includes news about a collaborative project at five ICUs at Strong Memorial Hospital and Upstate University Hospital. The project is being undertaken to standardize the donation approach process with families of potential donors.
A MESSAGE FROM ROB KOCHIK
Executive Director, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network (FLDRN)
Welcome to this first edition of “Partners,” an online newsletter designed especially for healthcare professionals to exchange information about organ donation including: best practices; in-depth analysis on specific areas of the donation process; a calendar of events showing upcoming professional conferences, webinars and special events; and personal stories about how donation impacted someone’s life.
Just as important as the content, so too is this newsletter’s name: “Partners.” We can’t think of a better way to emphasize the invaluable relationships FLDRN staff have with you, the healthcare professionals, who work at our hospital affiliates.
By working together, each and every day, we help meet the urgent need for patients awaiting an organ, cornea or tissue transplant and provide care and support to potential and actual donors and their families. Together, we save lives and bring comfort to families whose loved ones have given the Gift of Life.
- SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION: Learning How to Best Introduce the Topic of Donation Requires Collaboration
A collaborative is underway between FLDRN and five ICUs at Strong Memorial and Upstate University to standardize the donation approach process and ensure discussions about organ donation are a routine part of end-of-life decision making.
- DONATION BEST PRACTICES: The Secret to Successful DNV Accreditation Is Continuous Improvement 365 Days a Year
An interview with Catherine Stephens, RN, MSN, CNRN, the Patient Service Supervisor in the neuroscience ICU at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.
- GIFT OF LIFE STORY: Four-Year-Old Drake Became a Miracle for Others
Jaime Erskine-Pettit is a physician assistant and has worked at the emergency department of Strong Memorial Hospital for about 10 years. Here, Jaime recalls how her young son Drake became an kidney donor. As Jaime says, Drake saved two lives, proving the lesson he was being taught that "Sharing is Caring."
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS
We hope you find this newsletter an informative resource on organ donation and encourage your feedback and ideas for future articles. E-mail Nancy Ryan (NancyJ_Ryanurmcrochesteredu) (FLDRN Hospital Development Associate) or call her at 85-272-4930.
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