Suzanne Falter
Keynote Speaker and Donor Mom, Suzanne Falter

This year LifeCenter Northwest had the pleasure of hosting the 2016 Donation and Transplantation Symposium in Seattle. This event brought together leaders and staff from hospitals, transplant centers, and organ procurement organizations from Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. It was a day filled with interactive breakout sessions, compelling keynote speakers, and awards for top performing hospitals. We are incredibly thankful for everyone who attended, and for all of the speakers who shared their valuable insight and opened up thoughtful conversations among the donation and transplantation community.

Featured speakers included: Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, Founder and Director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute; Suzanne Falter, donor mom, author, and motivational speaker; and Dr. Ari Cohen, liver transplant surgeon, and surgical director of the kidney transplant program at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans.

With presentations spanning topics like clinical efficiency, technological advances, donor family experience, and self-care, the day provided a well-rounded discussion on the intricacies of donation and transplantation. For a full overview of the day’s agenda and access to presentations please visit

At LifeCenter Northwest, we know our mission of saving lives through organ and tissue donation would not be possible without the incredible collaboration, resilience, and commitment of our hospital partners. We had the opportunity to thank many of those we work so closely with, and acknowledge some of the top performing hospitals for their hard-work and dedication to saving lives through donation over the past year during an award ceremony which closed the symposium

Donation Excellence Award
Donation Excellence Award winners, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital, with LCNW CEO, Kevin O’Connor

Metrics based awards included the referral achievement and donation achievement for both tissue and organ donation; the excellence in
community partnership award; the gift of life award; donation innovation award; donation excellence award; and the donation champion award. Additional awards included the Donation Champion, Excellence in Community Partnership, Donation Innovation, and Donation Excellence Awards.

Opportunities like this to bring together medical professionals and leaders in the donation community provides us all foundation to improve the process of donation and transplantation in our region, and better serve our communities. The continued progress and successes we have seen over the years is a true testament to the allegiance to donation exhibited by all of the attendees. Thanks to everyone who joined us for this day of learning and sharing, and for all of your unrelenting dedication to saving lives through organ and tissue donation.

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