Partners Newsletter – Spring 2015
This edition includes a note of thanks for your efforts to promote organ donation during National Donate Life Month; two donor families share why they are grateful to hospital staff; we explain who should talk to families about donation, and how the donor 1-800-hotline operates; and you meet transplant surgeon Dr. Vaughn Whittaker, who wrote a poem in praise of organ donation and transplantation.
MESSAGE FROM ROB KOCHIK, FLDRN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
To All Our Hospital Partners … THANK YOU For Your Support During National Donate Life Month
As we welcome you to the Spring edition of Partners, we want to start out with a huge shout out to all our hospital partners across our service area for helping to make National Donate Life Month 2015 so successful.
Through your efforts, we reached thousands of people. Because of you, we were able to share our important message that New Yorkers can “pass life on” by enrolling in the Donate Life Registry.
While we appreciate your Donate Life Month support in April, we truly appreciate the fact that, as this edition’s Gift of Life Stories illustrates, your collaboration continues all year round. Your interactions with us and families of donors make a life-saving difference every single day.
For all you do, thank you!
- GIFT OF LIFE STORIES: From Donor Families to Hospital Staff, Messages of Appreciation
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.
- BEST PRACTICES: Who Should Talk to Families About Donation? Why a Collaborative Approach Plan With FLDRN Is So Important
Many things should be considered before speaking with families about organ donation. Approaching families about donation too soon or without authorization from FLDRN can lead to misunderstandings or an uninformed response. The best practice? When the time is right to discuss donation with a family, we will partner with the healthcare team to determine the best plan for doing so.
- A TRANSPLANT SURGEON'S POEM: Comparing the Gift of Life and Transplantation to the Seasons, and Spring's Renewal
When it came time to prepare his remarks for Upstate University Hospital's National Donate Life Month celebration, Dr. Vaughn Whittaker wanted to do something a bit different. Whittaker, a kidney transplant surgeon, enjoys writing poetry and says he "dabbles in it when he feels the creative urge." This was one of those times.
- Announcing Several FLDRN Staff Appointments
Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network has announced a number of additions and changes to its staff. The appointments include that of Nancy Ryan who is promoted as the organ procurement organization's first head of marketing and community relations.
- SPOTLIGHT ON EDUCATION: What You Need to Know About the 1-800 Donor Hotline
Ever wondered who you were speaking to when calling the 1-800 donor hotline? Here is the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY and HOW of making the donor referral.
June 12 – 5th Annual Ryan Converse Golf Tournament, Watertown, NY at Willowbrook Golf Club: The tournament honors Ryan who passed away in July 2010 and helped save others through the gift of organ donation. Hurry! This tournament fills quickly and the registration deadline is June 5th. Visit the Ryan Converse Memorial Foundation website for more information.
July 17 – Syracuse Chiefs Donate Life Night: Join us for another great night at the ballpark with the Chiefs as they take on Gwinnett. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
July 23-26 – Oswego Harborfest: Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network will be a proud participant at the 4-day festival that highlights Oswego’s beautiful harbor. Stay tuned for information on where to find our Donate Life tent! The event is free to the public.