First Friday Forum "Understanding Organ, Tissue & Body Donation

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3/1/13 8:00 am EST
Hope Network Education Center
775 36th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI
United States
With all our advances in medical technology, the demand for organ, eye and tissue donation vastly exceeds the number of donors. Nationally, an average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant. National statistics show that more than 117,000 men, women and children currently need lifesaving organ transplants. And yet every 10 minutes another name is added to the national organ transplant waiting list. Should organ donation be considered a “gift,” or is it our social responsibility? What are the legalities of donating your body to medical research? What are the aims and methods of modern medicine related to transplantation? Is there justice in organ allocation? What are the ethical and cultural aspects of organ transplantation? Additionally, what are the emotional and psychological difficulties faced by organ recipients? Why is tissue donation so important? What is bio-banking? These questions and more will be addressed. As acceptance of organ and tissue donation becomes more prevalent, what steps should be taken in communicating and guaranteeing one’s personal choice, whether by living or after-death donation? 90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor. What needs to be discussed in the decision-making process? Moderator • John Mosley, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Spectrum Health Panelists • Pamela Emenheiser, Partner, Corporate and Health Care Practice Groups, Varnum • Jacque Liles, Coordinator, Willed Body Program, Michigan State University • Missi Ostapowicz, RN, CCTC , Transplant Coordinator, Saint Mary’s Health Care • Richard Pietroski, CEO, Gift of Life Michigan